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Old 10-01-2016, 10:09 PM   #11
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Okay, let's try this again. This is the first pic that I tried to upload 9/22/16. His fins did start to get better after this but are getting worse again. This is with a tank light on.
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Old 10-01-2016, 10:11 PM   #12
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Old 10-01-2016, 10:15 PM   #13
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Old 10-01-2016, 10:18 PM   #14
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Okay sorry for all the posts. I finally figured it out. This is the first time that he had a fin issue. I made lots of changes since then and he was getting better. This pic was taken around 9/22/16. This is with the tank light on. It is a glass tank and his reflections shows on 3 of the 4 sides almost all the time except the pitch black. I only turn the light on when I feed him, so it is usually on less then 10 min a day.
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Old 10-01-2016, 10:23 PM   #15
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These were taken in the last hour. This is with no tank light on. The light is from the dinning room light. He fin looked almost healed (except the funky blue color at the tips of his caudal fin). Now this is what it looks like. Yesterday he was flaring a ton and attacking the tank walls everywhere he can see his reflection. I put a towel over the tank to see if that would block the reflection and it didn't. Any suggestions of how to make that better for him? Does this look like fin rot? I am doing his PWC today (every saturday), so I haven't fed him yet. 2 days ago he wouldn't eat, but yesterday he ate just fine. I have also notice that he kinda tips to one side when he floats or lays on stuff. Is that normal?
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Old 10-01-2016, 10:27 PM   #16
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Okay it sounds like he's just has a ripped fin that keeps reopening because of the flaring, I would check to make sure he's not seeing his reflection to much. This can happen if you use a tank light which I wouldn't use at all in a betta tank because they come from darker water and the light stresses them out. As far as fixing his fins, you did good with removing any hazzards from the tank. I think the next step is to treat his fins, I like to use ick meds, I know it's supposed to be used only if they have ick but I feel like it does a good job healing fins. Also the aquarium salt is a good idea if they are sick but don't use it all the time and only a very small amount, if you have a 5 gallon I'd say just add a teaspoon. Then when you do your weekly water change the salt will be removed. You only need the salt for a week as medication.
Thank you so much. I posted some pictures of him so everyone can see what his fins look like. I am not sure how to get his reflection gone. I did notice yesterday that he was not only flaring a ton but was attacking the glass where his reflection is. After reading that flaring can cause ripped fins I want to take care of that ASAP.
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Old 10-01-2016, 10:50 PM   #17
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For the reflection problem which I also had issues with it had to move my tank from being in a corner to being in the middle of a wall where the sides are not against a wall and then I put a background on the back of the tank. This helped reduce the reflection enough that my betta Benjamin stopped attacking the glass.

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Oh and may I ask what you are feeding him and how much and how often? If he's kinda laying around and swimming funny he could have swim blatter which my betta got from eating cheap betta pellets. (I made tons of mistakes in the beginning)

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I also wouldn't be to worried about color change unless he starts getting pale. Bettas get pigment loss when sick or not cared for in the right way so if your betta gets darker colors that might be a good sign not a bad one. You can check out my before and after picture of my betta, he did a real 180 color change lol

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Oh and may I ask what you are feeding him and how much and how often? If he's kinda laying around and swimming funny he could have swim blatter which my betta got from eating cheap betta pellets. (I made tons of mistakes in the beginning)

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I feed him National Geographic betta pellets. They were the only one that didn't list fish meal in the first 3 ingredients (that I could find). The first 2 wks I was feeding him 3 soaked pellets twice a day. Now I feed him 3 pellets once a day. I fast him once a wk. At first i was letting the pellets just float and he snap them off the surface. But recently I read this could cause swim bladder. So I've been making them sink onto his hammock and he eats off that now. I also am making sure I soak the pellets for 2min. And I feed him one at a time. Giving him time to eat his pellet before he gets another.
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