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    Betta help needed.

    I normally donít ask for help but I am getting so frustrated. My lovely boy Rudy (vt betta) fins are so torn up. I think I have figured out how. Basically he wraps his whole body around the filter and just floats their. Whenever I go up to his tank to get pictures he swims up to the top hoping I will feed him. I talked to petsmart and they told me to buy a thing called stress coat with the healing power of Aloe Vera. Clcik here for picture Basically from what I can see that is not helping. I also put some salt in their. My betta is part of the family so I will do anything to keep him as comfortable as possible. I am adding pics of the filter and him. Is there anything I should give him, should I just turn off his filter?

    First picture the flash kind of washed it out
    second picture no flash
    third is the filter and he wraps his whole body around it.
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    Bump? Anybody can help?
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    Maybe you could use a current killer? :/ I'm not really sure.. Maybe try some Melafix for his fins, it usually helps my bettas.
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    maybe you shouldn't use a filter maybe the current is to strong
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    Torn fins can be from biting.. which is usually because of stress. The filter might be stressing him out too much.

    What size tank is he in? A filter isn't needed in anything smaller than 5 gallons.. I personally don't put a filter in unless it's 10 gallons or larger. Everything else gets 100% WCs. A filter is supposed to help sustain the "cycle" (ammonia gets eaten by nitrites which get eaten by nitrates). It's very hard to have a steady cycle in anything smaller than 10 gallons.

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    Quote Originally Posted by binka_nugget
    Torn fins can be from biting.. which is usually because of stress. The filter might be stressing him out too much.

    What size tank is he in? A filter isn't needed in anything smaller than 5 gallons.. I personally don't put a filter in unless it's 10 gallons or larger. Everything else gets 100% WCs. A filter is supposed to help sustain the "cycle" (ammonia gets eaten by nitrites which get eaten by nitrates). It's very hard to have a steady cycle in anything smaller than 10 gallons.
    Ok I will remover the filter, I bought this tank and it came with the filter. He is in 2.5 gallon tank.
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    My bettas recently had torn fins from other reasons than a filter problem..(I don't have any filters) Melax does help the fins get repaired . you might have to do some math to figure out how much to use in your tank. Since I keep my bettas in tanks with about 1 pint of water each I used 1 mL or 1 cc of melax everyday for 7 days . after that I did the partial water change like the directions on the bottle said. Basically I recommend you use melafix to help your betta get his fins grown back.

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