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The tank size is 5 gallons, and he is in there by himself. No, I didn't cycle it before putting him in there, though that's only because I didn't know I had to do that at the time. There are only plastic plants in there but I plan to do aquaponics with him and the tank so then there will be. The sponge is on the intake.Blueberrybetta said:Whats the tank size and are there any other tank mates? Did you also cycle his tank before adding him? When you say you added a sponge, did you add a brand new sponge filter or a sponge to cover the intake? If you replaced the filter itself with a new sponge filter, did you seed the new sponge media?
What are your exact water parameters just to be sure. Do you have live plants to help with stress and water quality? I highly suggest Tannin extract from indian almond leaves to help tint the water so it wont be so bright and cause him to see his own reflection. Tannin also has antibacterial/fungal properties and the leaves act as hiding places as well.
Also, 80F is perfect for Bettas, they love warmer water so i would raise his temp back up to the 80Fs.
To help with the fin rot, I would increase water changes to about 25% WCs every other day, make sure you condition and temp match the water before adding. For the velvet, I cant really tell from the picture. Could you get one of the sides of his face/body/stomach? Velvet is a parasite that has a gold reflective 'dust' look on the scales. It will cause the fish to scratch himself on objects as well. Try to take a flashlight and shine it on in with the tank lights off to see the gold reflection better.