Fin Shredding Cause and Remedy

Sophiegray

HI! This is my halfmoon betta. 3 days ago, he looked like the one in the first photo. Then today, he looks like the second photo. as you may have already noticed, he is shedding his fins, the transparent part around the edges is almost gone. I don't know if he was caught in the plastic bottle thingy to make the filter flow gentler or he is nipping his fin. Maybe you can help identify from the photo so I can solve the problem and prevent further damages to its fins.

To give a bit of background, he is alone in a 5 gallon tank with low tech plants. I smoothed all sharp edges of driftwood, so I am 100% sure that its fin wasn't caught in sharp objects. The only culprit could be the plastic bottle thingy which I already removed.

By the way, when I added him to the tank 3 days ago, I added Melafix for 2 days to the water column. I also made sure to acclimate him appropriately before adding him into the tank. I checked the water parameters and the numbers are good.

I know that aside from sharp objects, it is also possible that they are stressed from new surrounding, bored or hereditary that will cause them to nip their own fins.

At the meantime, what I did is added Indian Almond Leaves. I also arrange the Indian Almond leaf under the "waterfall" of my HOB filter to make the water flow gentler as I know betta do not like strong water flow. I may also be receiving my Seachem Kanaplex in a couple of days.

Based on the photo, what is the most possible cause? What is the most effective way of treating it?
 

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BigManAquatics

If you have an HOB, i definitely recommend covering the intake with some pantyhose or a sponge. I had a crowntail once that used to get his tail caught in the i take a lot, and that was my remedy. Since then, i switched to sponge filter only for betta tanks. Just making it one less thing to worry about.
 
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Sophiegray

If you have an HOB, i definitely recommend covering the intake with some pantyhose or a sponge. I had a crowntail once that used to get his tail caught in the i take a lot, and that was my remedy. Since then, i switched to sponge filter only for betta tanks. Just making it one less thing to worry about.

Thanks.
 
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