Is My Betta Fish Fins Normal?

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Hello, I am just wondering if my betta fish's fins are normal.He is a male half moon betta fish and I just got him two weeks ago.He is fed tetra dried shrimp, mini pellets and freeze dried bloodworms.(All depends on the day)Today I noticed his fins don't look like they are connected as much as they used to be.(He has also grown a noticeable amount)Could this be fin rot? or could he be tearing his fins on something? All that's in this 10gallon hexagon tank is gravel, an Amazon Sword Compacta plant, a moss ball and a rock with some small wood pile for my pleco.
 

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Too me (correct me if I’m wrong) that looks like pinhole fin rot which is basically the same as fin rot but with holes. You would treat it the same as fin rot
 

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Do you have any sharp decorations in the tank? Plastic plants are an example, they tear fins.

I have all of my bettas with silk, but a few of them have plastic, which doesn’t tear their fins, because it’s rounded off.
 

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I wanted to add something, and that would be to give us your parameters
You are topping off at a 13-gallon tank, that's suitable for a betta, but not the pleco.
I suggest you either find another home for the pleco or move him to a larger tank.
What type is he?

I would recommend that the betta tank has good filtration, but not too strong.
You also need the tank heated, it needs to be around 79 - 82 all the time

Fin rot is caused by the quality of the water. If the water isn't clean, he is susceptible to contracting fin rot, which is a case in which their fins get eaten away slowly.
It's very preventable if given proper care and maintaining clean water, with the correct stocking. I wouldn't suggest anything else in that tank other than this betta, and possibly some snails or shrimp.
Shrimp can be a hazard if the betta finds them to be a source of food. Some do, and some don't!

Did you cycle this tank before you added any fish?
I advise you to clean the water, at least half if not more, and keep the water warm for him.
If you stick to a routine maintenance plan, his fins will look better in a few weeks
 
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@Fanatic @WanhiBetta the pleco is a clown pleco so he only gets to around 4, maybe 5inches.(Plus I do have a 90gal community tank that I will shove him in once he gets to big for the betta tank)
The tank is kept at a steady 81°(the tank also is filtered with a very low flow rate)
The tank was cycled before I bought him.
Tomorrow I will do a 50% maybe 60% water change.
Do you think if I got a mirror that could help him grow his fins back better then ever?
 

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Abram Smith said:
@Fanatic @WanhiBetta the pleco is a clown pleco so he only gets to around 4, maybe 5inches.(Plus I do have a 90gal community tank that I will shove him in once he gets to big for the betta tank)
The tank is kept at a steady 81°(the tank also is filtered with a very low flow rate)
The tank was cycled before I bought him.
Tomorrow I will do a 50% maybe 60% water change.
Do you think if I got a mirror that could help him grow his fins back better then ever?
Don't get a mirror!! They will stress themselves out with it!!!
 

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Abram Smith said:
@Fanatic @WanhiBetta the pleco is a clown pleco so he only gets to around 4, maybe 5inches.(Plus I do have a 90gal community tank that I will shove him in once he gets to big for the betta tank)
The tank is kept at a steady 81°(the tank also is filtered with a very low flow rate)
The tank was cycled before I bought him.
Tomorrow I will do a 50% maybe 60% water change.
Do you think if I got a mirror that could help him grow his fins back better then ever?
Okay, you can keep clown plecos with bettas, they have a close temperature range I wouldn’t keep one in this tank size, a 20 gallon minimum is ideal.

You will need filtration as in GPH, clowns are very poopy plecos, and need to be cleaned up after. You also must have lots of wood to allow him to chew on, and replace it after a while. I would put him in the 90 as soon as possible, he needs more space, 13 gallons just isn’t enough.

Bettas can have mirrors, just don’t forget to remove it after a couple minutes, they can stress themselves out from too much flaring!
 
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