Fin Rot, Nipping, Or Tearing??

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Male Betta in a fluval spec 5 that has been established for 1 month. Its him, live plants, drift wood, and a rock. I noticed one year in his dorsal fin yesterday afternoon and two more this morning. I do 15-20% water changes twice a week, the temperature stays at 78 degrees Fahrenheit. He is eating and acting normal, there is no discoloration in his fins. Below are pictures of the tears and his tank. I just need to know if how I should proceed from here. Any help is appreciated!
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Did you sand down the driftwood? Are the rocks sharp? Run a pantyhose along all the decorations, and if it catches then it's too sharp for your betta's fins.
No I didn't sand it down, and yes, there are sharp parts on the rock. He has been in the tank for about 3 weeks. Would he all of a sudden start catching on things like that? I have seen him laying on the drift wood plenty of times but this is the first time I have seen any tears and I see him every week day.
 

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With fin rot, the edges of the fins will usually be black, so I doubt it's that. Have you seen him biting his tail? If not, I would put my money on the decorations
 
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With fin rot, the edges of the fins will usually be black, so I doubt it's that. Have you seen him biting his tail? If not, I would put my money on the decorations
No I have not seen him biting and I don't see anything that looks like bites anywhere on his fins. Could it be him blowing out? He flares daily (I ordered a background and added plants to reduce the mirror effect) and he flares/stretches his fins out pretty often.
 

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It does look like a tear and it does also look like a blowout. Remove or sand down the sharp parts on the rock. Just keep doing what you're doing and keep the water clean to prevent fin rot.
 
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