Fin Rot? Or Something Else

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I have had my male Betta Mufasa for about 5 months now and he has always had black tips on his fins. But recently I’ve been noticing his fins look kind of shredded. But the color hasn’t changed on him much, I can’t tell if it s fin rot or what is going on with him. He’s been acting normal and had no abnormal coloring around the tears. Any ideas?
 

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Tell us more. What is he in. Is he alone? You keeping on top of those water changes frequently? If you can, post a pic. Some Bettas are bred to have kinda tasseled looking fins, which get more pronounced as they grow. Fin rot usually looks like something is eating away at the fins, the pectorals (fins on sides of body they “paddle” with) in particular get shorter and frayed looking where they weren’t before. Hard to say with no pics.
 
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This is him
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He lives in a split 10 gallon tank. Filtered and heated. I do weekly water changes. When I first got him he had the perfect rounded Halfmoon fins and now they look kinda ragged
 

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TBH he looks pretty good to me. Nothing that screams fin rot. Have they receded any (gotten shorter) as this has appeared or are they growing longer and bigger as this is happening? Other thought is do you have plastic plants or anything with a stiff enough edge he could be catching the fins against and leading to little tears, but honestly it’s so uniform I think it’s possible he was bred with a Betta type who has typically has fins like that. If he is still eating and behaving normally just keep an eye on it, and if you do think the fins are receding or he seems unhealthy in other ways then you should probably QT and treat him.
 
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LadyArtemis said:
TBH he looks pretty good to me. Nothing that screams fin rot. Have they receded any (gotten shorter) as this has appeared or are they growing longer and bigger as this is happening? Other thought is do you have plastic plants or anything with a stiff enough edge he could be catching the fins against and leading to little tears, but honestly it’s so uniform I think it’s possible he was bred with a Betta type who has typically has fins like that. If he is still eating and behaving normally just keep an eye on it, and if you do think the fins are receding or he seems unhealthy in other ways then you should probably QT and treat him.
He only has real plants so maybe it is just how he was breed. Thanks for the help.
 

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