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Mmmmm. Interesting that, about the earthing wire and the vibrations from the air pumps. That's all stuff where there is definitely room for improvement in my tanks.
All my Bettas came from questionable sources but only one has ever had finrot, and considering the appalling conditions he was living in, I'm surprised that's all he had. I am pretty sure a fancy show Betta probably wouldn't survive such bad treatment for very long. I have read of many Bettas coming from good breeders who get sick just as easily so I don't think that's the biggest reason. Fancy Bettas are often inbred to develop certain colors and fins. That weakens their immune system. It would be nice if breeders focused more on health and temperment (a more docile Betta) rather than color and fins.
I think it may be something in the water supply too since many times those with finrot problems often have multiple Bettas with the same problem. Maybe something that dechlorinators don't remove?
Another thing to consider is random electrical current generated by heaters and filters. I've read this is more common than most people realize (with all brands of heaters, even good ones) and over time can stress the fish and cause finrot and other problems. A grounding wire can be bought and placed in the tank to prevent this and I am getting some for all tanks soon. Big Al's carries them.
Another source of stress is the vibration of air pumps. I keep the pumps off the table the tank is on and make sure the cords are not touching the table or tank as much as possible. I noticed it causes quite a vibration that the fish can feel right through the water. I can't imagine that it wouldn't stress them. I once noticed Noelle had stress stripes and couldn't figure out why. Then I noticed the cord of the airpump had gotten pushed over and was touching the stand she was on. I could feel the vibration just by touching the side of her tank. I moved it away and within minutes her stress stripes were gone.