Can small tears in a betta's tail heal a different color?

jsummer36

Hi everyone! I am new here and joined because I had a question about my male betta's tail. It had a few tears in it, and I have been changing the water frequently and using API's BettaFix to help the healing process. My betta began marbling a few weeks ago, and his top fin has turned from blue to white. He now has spots of white on his tail, what I assumed to be tears, but now I am not sure if they are still not healed or healed a different color (white instead of his blue). Can their tails heal a different color?

Thanks so much!
 

LeafY4life77

Does it look like ich? If they are very small white dots it could be ich. I don't see why he would have multiple white spots, or tears on his tail. So you said he had tears in his tail, So were the spots on his tail the tears that didn't heal? sorry i am a little confused. Can i see a picture?
 
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Kribensis27

Also, I would stop with the BettaFix. That stuff does more harm than good. Clean water will help far more than medication.
 
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jsummer36

Sorry I definitely did not explain that well! He has or had several tears. You cannot tell from a photo, but up close it seems like there is some fin where the tear is, like it’s healing. I just can’t tell if it hasn’t healed yet, or if it healing just a different color (if that’s possible.)

also I have removed the object that I think was causing the tears.
Also, I would stop with the BettaFix. That stuff does more harm than good. Clean water will help far more than medication.
Would you be able to explain why? Sorry, I am still trying to learn
Does it look like ich? If they are very small white dots it could be ich. I don't see why he would have multiple white spots, or tears on his tail. So you said he had tears in his tail, So were the spots on his tail the tears that didn't heal? sorry i am a little confused. Can i see a picture?
I don’t think it is ich, I have posted a photo in the thread
 
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StarGirl

That is strange that it is so white.
I think when they start to heal they are lighter than normal color and then it will darken as it totally heals. Thats what mine did.
 
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LeafY4life77

Also, I would stop with the BettaFix. That stuff does more harm than good. Clean water will help far more than medication.
I am also wondering why you think this. i just got some recently. planning to use it tomorrow, so why is it bad????
 
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jsummer36

That is strange that it is so white.
I think when they start to heal they are lighter than normal color and then it will darken as it totally heals. Thats what mine did.
That definitely gives me hope. For now I’ll just continue to change the water. There isn’t anything else in the tank that would make it worst
 
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StarGirl

If It doesn't look like its getting worse so it probably is just going to be the way it is healing.

Betta Fix is basically just tee tree oil and its debated weather it does anything and it can kill your fish if it is overdosed.
 
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Kribensis27

Would you be able to explain why? Sorry, I am still trying to learn
I am also wondering why you think this. i just got some recently. planning to use it tomorrow, so why is it bad????
Basically, it's rarely necessary, and possibly harmful. There is a number of people who state that it can damage the labyrinth organ in anabantoids. I'm not sure if this is 100% true, but is it really worth the risk? In the case of an injury, clean water provides the same benefits, but without the possible side effects. Tannins can also aid in healing and can improve the general health of the fish, without the use of medications, but aren't necessary.

Medications in general should only be used as a last resort. They're stressful for fish, and many issues can be resolved with less extreme alternatives.
 
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