Betta Fin Rot, Or Damage?

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Hello all, new here and I hope I'm posting in the right place, and not breaking any guidelines.
So I've had my betta for about 3 months now, and just recently I've been noticing some fin problems. He's in a 5 gallon tank with a filter and heater. I treat the water with API stress coat after evevy change, roughly every 2 weeks around a 70% change of water.
He has a little plastic house decoration, and had a plastic palm tree type, but I removed it in case that's what the issue is.
Basically I've just noticed his fins having issues, and I think I keep it pretty clean, but I'm just wondering what I should do next. He's still lively, and eats all his food, just getting a little short fin.
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How strong is the filter intake?

Also welcome to fish lore
 

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Yes welcome. Do you test your water? If so what are your parameters?
 

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I don’t think it’s fin rot because non of the other fins are infected couldn’t be wrong though
 

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Iverg1 said:
I don’t think it’s fin rot because non of the other fins are infected couldn’t be wrong though
That’s the worst part of not being able to see! But fin/tail rot can affect one without the other for some time. But first we need to make sure it’s not the water quality. Hunter1 can you see this bettas tail?
 
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Iverg1 said:
How strong is the filter intake?
I'm not sure, it's the tetra whisper 10i which is supposed to be from 3-10 gallons, that is one of my concerns so ivI' only been running it whenever I'm home so I can keep an eye on it.
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Yes welcome. Do you test your water? If so what are your parameters?
I haven't done any type of testing, just regular water changes really.

Would something like an API 5-in-1 test strip kit be sufficient?
 

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Since the damage is mainly on the Caudal fin, Id watch him to make sure he isn't biting his own tail. Here's a picture of tail biting.
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J.R182 said:
I'm not sure, it's the tetra whisper 10i which is supposed to be from 3-10 gallons, that is one of my concerns so ivI' only been running it whenever I'm home so I can keep an eye on it.

I haven't done any type of testing, just regular water changes really.

Would something like an API 5-in-1 test strip kit be sufficient?
API liquid master test kit. Strips are not reliable. Have you compared your fish to the tail biting pic posted?
 
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Bettafishies126 said:
Since the damage is mainly on the Caudal fin, Id watch him to make sure he isn't biting his own tail. Here's a picture of tail biting.
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Gypsy13 said:
API liquid master test kit. Strips are not reliable. Have you compared your fish to the tail biting pic posted?
Bettafishies126 said:
Since the damage is mainly on the Caudal fin, Id watch him to make sure he isn't biting his own tail. Here's a picture of tail biting.
Screenshot_20180417-215657.png
Gypsy13 said:
API liquid master test kit. Strips are not reliable. Have you compared your fish to the tail biting pic posted?
I was wondering that also. When I first got him he was pretty calm, he even made some bubble nests for a few weeks. Then it seemed like he started attacking his reflection more, and being a little aggressive, I haven't notice nipping, but I'm not home all too much.
 

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Some people who had nipping problems notice that their fish only do it in the dark, so that could be why you never see.
 
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