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Old 09-17-2017, 11:43 AM   #1
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Fin rot?

I'm not sure if this is the beginning of fin rot or not. The first picture is from September 9 and the second is from today, September 17. The edges of his tale seem to be becoming increasingly thinner and clear.
I am doing partial water changes about every 6 days. He is in a 3.5 gallon tank with a filter and heater at approximately 79-80F.
If it is fin rot, what should I do?
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Old 09-17-2017, 11:45 AM   #2
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Start with more water changes. What could be causing stress?
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Old 09-17-2017, 12:03 PM   #3
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It's his reflection.

Indeed, he is quite stressed I believe. The poor guy is constantly swimming around the glass and charging his reflection. I have tried so many different things. I have tried putting a black t-shirt over the tank, a white t-shirt, a book with flowers on the front by his tank, different lighting positions and levels, and most recently a rag on the side of the tank. The rag seems to calm him down a little bit but he still will do these frantic movements when he is at the front of the tank or near the wall. I don't know what I'm doing wrong. Yes, I now know that with a rounded tank the light doesn't come in at good angles and creates a mirror effect. I don't know what to do for the poor guy. Some people have suggested getting a black background from the store on the back while others have said white.
What should I do?
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Old 09-17-2017, 01:45 PM   #4
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Is there any filtration in that? Air exchange?
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Old 09-17-2017, 01:56 PM   #5
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There is a filter and I keep the flap used to drop pellets in open in order to keep oxygen flowing into the tank. There is no air pump in the tank.
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Old 09-17-2017, 02:03 PM   #6
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Gotcha, stress is a killer. Seems to me he is in territorial mode. I think solve that with more water changes
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Old 09-18-2017, 05:51 PM   #7
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how are constantly fluctuating water parameters gonna reduce stress?
If the tank is cycled, no need to change water unless nitrates rise abouve 40-60ish
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I know it's a small tank but have you thought about adding a few tiny fish such as Zebra fish to distract your glass surfing betta. They might work as dither fish to distract the Betta from his own reflection. Just a thought.
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Will the betta eat the dither?
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I don't think your Betta is fast enough to catch a healthy zebra fish. Even if he gets lucky, zebras cost about a buck apiece, Some times two for a dollar. If you choose Zebras, buy four or five so they won't get nippy.
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