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post #1 of 12 Old 05-20-2008, 06:42 PM Thread Starter
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Help with Male Betta

My male betta is acting perfectly normal, all happy and himself. However his top fin has turned completely white. It does not look like it is decaying or anything, just turning white. It turned back to a sky blue and now it is totally white again. This all happened in over about a week or two.

Is this fin rot, stress?

I am just not sure if it can be related to water quality because I do weekly water changes, he is in a 5 gallon tank, and is housed alone.

Any ideas?
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post #2 of 12 Old 05-20-2008, 06:51 PM
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ive had fish that changed color on me. they did live up to a good age and they were acting healthy like yours. however i still dont know if it's natural or not.

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post #3 of 12 Old 05-20-2008, 06:56 PM Thread Starter
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Me either! It is driving me nuts, and I looked up pictures of fin rot... and it just does not look like that.
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post #4 of 12 Old 05-20-2008, 07:00 PM
what are ur water pramaters and temp?
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post #5 of 12 Old 05-20-2008, 07:46 PM Thread Starter
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Well, the temp is about 78 degrees.

Ph is 7.4
Nitrite 0
Nitrate 10
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post #6 of 12 Old 05-21-2008, 09:30 AM
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send in pictures please, and tell us everything else: what tank size? what are the fishes companions? go back to the sticky and post all this info, it'll help

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post #7 of 12 Old 05-21-2008, 10:45 AM Thread Starter
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Like I said in the first post =)

5 gallon tank and there are no tank buddies, I do a water change once a week, I feed him once a day, and I am not sure what else to tell you?

I am working on getting those pictures, where he is in my room does not have good lighting.
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post #8 of 12 Old 05-21-2008, 06:01 PM
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Is the rest of his body looking paler, or is it just his dorsal fin?

Sounds like your tank is a good environment for the betta. Are you using test strips or liquid tests? I ask because test strips are notoriously inaccurate. Also, can you test for ammonia?
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post #9 of 12 Old 05-22-2008, 09:26 PM Thread Starter
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I can test for ammonia. There was some a few weeks ago from a snail dying. But this was not a problem them. Since then I have run tests and changed the water. (The ammonia came out as 0)

Here are some pictures of him, I woke up this morning and a bottom fin has a couple strips of white now too. When I shut the light off, it looks like the old color again. (If that makes sense?)





Sorry the pictures are so awful. I can not get a decent picture of him. I have no problems with my saltwater tank, though... so it must be because I don't know how to use my own camera.
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post #10 of 12 Old 05-23-2008, 04:19 PM
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The coloration doesn't seem like any sort of fungus or fin problem. He could just be paler due to stress. That gill's not looking too good, are you sure it's not infected?
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