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I finally got a PH testing kit for fresh water, and it was really high. The other thing was that the kit did not have the color strip that it is supposed to come with it (but there was one online). I will do a complete tank change and test the water again after. Poor Buddy.

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I also go a few bulbs to grow life plants and a round moss ball.
 

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What test kit are you using? Is it liquid or strips? I wouldn't recommend doing a water change, because I'm assuming the pH of your tank water is going to be similar to that of the tap water. Also, if there are differences between the two, you can send your fish into shock if you do a large water change without proper acclimation.
 

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I must have missed that it was 7.8 unless you edited it in. Otherwise, as has been mentioned, a pH of 7.8 is fine. Betta splendens are highly adaptable and it's best not to try and adjust your pH unless you know what you are doing as you can inevitably cause dangerous fluctuations.

Ammonia is a more likely culprit in causing fin issues. Excessive flaring and rough decorations/substrate can also cause damage to fins.
 

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What test kit are you using? Is it liquid or strips? I wouldn't recommend doing a water change, because I'm assuming the pH of your tank water is going to be similar to that of the tap water. Also, if there are differences between the two, you can send your fish into shock if you do a large water change without proper acclimation.
It is a liquid test kit.

Thanks for the info.
 

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I must have missed that it was 7.8 unless you edited it in. Otherwise, as has been mentioned, a pH of 7.8 is fine. Betta splendens are highly adaptable and it's best not to try and adjust your pH unless you know what you are doing as you can inevitably cause dangerous fluctuations.

Ammonia is a more likely culprit in causing fin issues. Excessive flaring and rough decorations/substrate can also cause damage to fins.

Thank you.

I had to check the online color chart for, so I did edit it to add the number.
 

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+1 LBF. Large water changes can do more harm that good.

That pH level is fine and wouldn't cause holes or tears. Do you flare him? Or does he flare a lot? Sometimes if they flare too much and too hard they will create pinholes in their fins.
The "instructions" that came with the mirror said no more than 5 minutes, twice a day, and that's what I did. I also recently observed that this tail is getting "ragged" and thought maybe he was biting his fins or something.
 
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