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ok...heres the deal. Bought a nice blue male betta from Wal*Mart. Yeah...I know. He looked good. Took him home...put him in a 1gal tank with filter. Put bottled distilled water in the tank. Faucet water here in Arizona, sucks. Had him 3 weeks. Now, this nice male with a nice plume of fins, looks like a female. His fins are slowly vanishing. Whats up?:confused:

Any suggestions appreciated.
 

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Do they have white or black on the edges? Do they look torn or more like they've been "melting"?

He might have fin rot. If that's the case, then do a water change (remember, you have an un-cycled 1-gallon...you should be doing 100% water changes weekly) and add some Melafix. Melafix should help his tail grow back. If you have aquarium salt then I would add that too.

If it's not fin rot then he might be biting his tail. This can be brought on by stress but some fish just chew on their fins for seemingly no reason. You can treat him with the same things I named above. Aquarium salt will help keep it from getting infected and Melafix will help his fins re-grow.

It's possible that the filter currents are stressing him out. What kind of filter do you have?
 

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I didnt think of the weekly water changes. The filter system is just a small pump with the system under the gravel.
Im going to try the changes & the fin rot remedy.
Thanks lots!
 

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I didnt think of the weekly water changes. The filter system is just a small pump with the system under the gravel.
Im going to try the changes & the fin rot remedy.
Thanks lots!
A filter like that isn't going to really do much in a 1-gallon. Bettas don't like strong currents so it might bother him. If that's the case then you can remove the filter completely...in a 1-gallon you're doing 100% water changes anyways (it's extremely difficult to cycle such a small tank like you would a larger one).

Good luck!
 
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