My ?sad? betta

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Hi folks,

I bought a lovely male betta some months ago now, a couple of days into his life in his new tank he developed whitespot. I treated him for this and all has been fine for a good long while but while he had the spots his fins took a bit of a pounding, they have grown back slightly but to nowhere near their original length or colours.

He has been clear of whitespot for months and has been kept with 3 females in a 60l (and more recently a 20l) tank in good water conditions. He is behaving normally (for him) and is eating well - I'm pretty confident that he is healthy on the whole.

Does anyone have any ideas how to perk him up, get his fins to grow back and make him an all round happier fish?

Cheers for your help

PC
 

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Hi PC, I would recommend moving him to a tank of his own.
Have you checked the readings for ammonia, nitrite and nitrates?
Generally bettas prefer to be by themselves.
Stress can manifest it's self in a lot of ways.
 
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Ammonia, nitrates and nitrites are all fine - no worries at all.

I've actually done that to see how he gets on but he cant stay where he is (in the middle of the living room!) for very long.

Is there any ideal combination of male to female bettas or is one man on his own the only good idea?
 

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Not really. Males and females really shouldn't be kept together.
Even having females together is taking a chance on someone getting hurt or killed.
 
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Just a quick update, hes on his own now and seems to be doing much better, hes happy on his diet of frozen brine shrip and peas. His fins have started to grow back and his colour is looking great.

Will post some pics when hes back to his former glory

Thanks for your help
 

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Thanks for the update. I'm glad he's feeling better.
We'd love to see some pictures!
 
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