Waking Up To A Lot Of Confusion!

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So this morning I woke up to look at my Betta and see red lines by his fins thinking he has fin rot!

I posted to ask on fishlore and we think it is!! I’ll post pics for you to see... them I go out for a little while maybe an hour and comeback to see something brownish black that the bottom of his tank... never seen this before! His poop is usually reddish and stringy...

I clean his tank every third day and always take excess poop and food or immediately!

Parameters are all perfect and where they should be.... also feed him in the morn and at night... normally reddish pellets and then maybe twice a week bloodworms! Yesterday I tried giving him brine shrimp and he kept spitting it out so from now on I’ll just feed him his Pellets and bloodworms
 

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I believe it is fin rot and you should treat it with some sort of fin rot medicine.

I think you should use medicine for fin rot and treat him for fin rot.
 
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glofishguy1234567890 said:
I think you should use medicine for fin rot and treat him for fin rot.
Okay thank you... what is the best fin rot medicine?
 

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Before you start throwing medication in there you need to be sure medication is actually needed. It is possible that is is nothing more than him changing colors as he ages.
 
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mattgirl said:
Before you start throwing medication in there you need to be sure medication is actually needed. It is possible that is is nothing more than him changing colors as he ages.
Okay! But it’s at the end... his fin looks ripped... I have only had him for three weeks... thanks for your help!
 

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Savwingrove said:
Okay! But it’s at the end... his fin looks ripped... I have only had him for three weeks... thanks for your help!
It is very possible that he has caught his fins on something or he could be biting them. That does happen from time to time when the fins are this big and heavy. The very best thing you can do for him is what you are already doing. Keeping his water warm and pristine.

Is it possible the stuff you found in the bottom of his tank is left over brine shrimp or is it just a coincidence that it shows up the day after you try feeding brine shrimp? I don't normally believe in coincidences.
 
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mattgirl said:
It is very possible that he has caught his fins on something or he could be biting them. That does happen from time to time when the fins are this big and heavy. The very best thing you can do for him is what you are already doing. Keeping his water warm and pristine.

Is it possible the stuff you found in the bottom of his tank left over brine shrimp or is it just a coincidence that it shows up the day after you try feeding brine shrimp? I don't normally believe in coincidences.
I’ll be doing the exact same then watching him closely! Yeah I think I’m going to stay away from brine shrimp... it’s the second time I’ve tried feeding it to him... and both times he has spat it out! No need to have it and keep trying if he isn’t going to eat it.

Thanks for the help!
 

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I hope I have helped put your mind to rest. I know we can get really attached to these little beauties very quickly and want to do everything we can to keep them healthy.

Sadly so many of them have been killed with unnecessary medications when all they needed was a clean environment.

The size of his tank and if it is cycled or not will determine how much and how often you need to do water changes to keep his pristine. Every 3rd day sounds like a plan that is working for you.
 
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mattgirl said:
I hope I have helped put your mind to rest. I know we can get really attached to these little beauties very quickly and want to do everything we can to keep them healthy.

Sadly so many of them have been killed with unnecessary medications when all they needed was a clean environment.

The size of his tank and if it is cycled or not will determine how much and how often you need to do water changes to keep his pristine. Every 3rd day sounds like a plan that is working for you.
You helped tremendously! I have a 2.5 gallon tank at the moment! Hopefully soon I’ll be moving him into my 10 gallon tank... I am just finishing off the fishless cycle first! Exciting! Thanks again
 

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Savwingrove said:
You helped tremendously! I have a 2.5 gallon tank at the moment! Hopefully soon I’ll be moving him into my 10 gallon tank... I am just finishing off the fishless cycle first! Exciting! Thanks again
He should really enjoy the new home but be prepared ahead of time for his personality to change (either permanently or temporarily) a bit until he gets used to it. It is possible that your little guy will not have a problem with the move but I wanted to prepare you just in case.

I have read several times here on the forum post from folks getting really concerned for their Betta after moving them to a new bigger tank. They freak out because their fish is acting out of the norm and move them back. Stress can be detrimental to these little guys so when it is time to move him be sure to move his favorite things along with him and then just give him time to adjust.
 
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