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    Maybe I'll just score some Aphyosemion australe I love those little orange killies - no trouble with males or females at all and lots of little stomachs with eyeballs after a while.

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    @swords: yes i have. mixed experiences, does depend on the seller.
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    I have one! Bettas are cool fish. Very hardy and easy. These guys live in rain puddles in the wild. The main thing is to not overfeed. I feed mine about 3 times a week with Hikari Gold. Water changes about once a week. Let the water sit out overnight in a pot and add a betta specific water conditioner as directed. I rinse the plastic plants and gravel with as hot of tap water as I can stand and fill the half gallon bowl up with the water change mix. "Blue" seems to love it and starts blowing a bubble nest within a day or two.

    He was my 30th birthday present to myself. Cool fish.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rattler View Post
    aint always the males that fight.....right after laying eggs one time i had a female beat the heck out of a the male and shred his fins.....
    LOL! Are we talking about fish or humans?

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    Exclamation Need some Help!

    Guys, I need some help. Yesterday me and my dad did a water change, around half a gallon or so. Today, looking at my betta, i notice his rear fins looked ragged and brown, and kinda falling apart. Is it fin rot? We may not have left the water alone with the cleaner in it long enough, would that cause this sort of damage too?
    is it fin loss or is a fin rot?


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    Looks to be fin rot...did you get a liquid test kit yet?

    What type of "cleaner" are you using?

    At this point lots of clean water is the best it can get.

    Btw, they hardly call what they naturally live in "rain puddles"...

    Occur in standing waters of floodplains, canals, rice paddies (Ref. 12693) and medium to large rivers (Ref. 12975)
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    We didnt have a liquid kit, but we did have a solid strip kit. I figure I will pick one up today as we are running by petsmart. I checked the soild one, and everything except the ph was fine. the ph is 7.8, which is a little too high. I'm wondering if when the water was changed its changed the ph or something like that and burned his tail. I just checked it again this morning and it had droped down to 7.2 after we put some ph down in the tank. We are using API Stress Coat Fish and Tap water conditioner. Here are some current photos. He is still eating, and active moving round the tank.



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    i would recommend you laying off the tap water for a while, maybe switch to dH2O for a bit. mineral and chemical content from tap water could be causing the fin rot (im not just talking about chloramines)
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