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Narny105

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I have been planning to upgrade my bettas 20L tank to a bigger one, since he really enjoyed living in my 54L for a while, while his 20L was cycling. He has a nipping problem, and always does it after water changes or when he is bored. He also looses finnage randomly and rapidly if he sees his reflection, but it never progresses into rot which is strange. I don't know why he looses finnage, but it literally takes 5 minutes for his nice regrowth to be shredded from flaring at his reflection.

I hoped upgrading would help him and stop him nipping, and whaddayano. Reflection problem again even with the new tank! Luckily, a few pieces of paper solved that issue! He has been in the tank for three days now and all I see is regrowth after a little loss of fins from the move. I mixed rocks I had left over with the rocks in his tank, put them in the new tank, and siphoned the water across. I acclimatised him properly though when I moved him back in due to the temperature drop in the container I had him in.

Anyway, all of my tanks are blue planet aquariums. I don't specifically go out to buy that tank, but it is always the best deal. I could have gotten a 70L blue planet tank for the same price that I got the 40L for, but I did not like how tall it was in contrast to how thin it was. It was really ugly proportions :/ So I got the 40L which comes with a filter, and a light :)

Here are the photos! I really like the mix of rocks! Turned out to look really nice!

Since I have a spare 20L, I am contemplating getting another betta for it, but this time a plakat. Sadly, I am getting rid of the two females this weekend as I feel the lady I am giving them to will be able to give them a much better home with other females!

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What do you think? :)

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Upgrades are always nice. Pretty tank, but I have some suggestions.

I used to breed bettas. Something that might be contributing to the fin shredding is stress. It is almost always the cause. Looking at that tank, it is very open for a betta habitat. I would fill it up, try to break potential sight-lines where he might see his reflection. More plants, driftwood, rocks, etc.

I don't know about your filter, but it might be creating a heavy current for this guy. From the picture, he looks like he may be a halfmoon or delta (would need a closer pic in full flare...). Sometimes these varieties will self-multilate their fins because they find them too heavy for their habitat. Also, in the picture, he seems to be hiding behind his rock, which may be deflecting the filter current for him. It might feel light enough, but bettas aren't goldies who like agitation.

You're asking your male to patrol a large area that is open. He can't because of his finnage, which is acting like a sail in the filter current. So he removes the weight problem and you have an 'ugly' fish who is just trying to do his job.

I found with my heavier finned guys, heavily planted tanks stopped their fin eating. Also, smaller tanks, with either no filter, or a filter baffle. When their territory is managable in size to patrol, it is less stressful for them. When heavily planted, you also don't need to worry about the water quality. No, I am not suggesting those death-trap betta bowls, or no water changes, but I hope you get my point.

I currently have a former fin eater in a 6 gallon, heavily planted tank. When I had him in a tenner so densely planted you couldn't see the back wall, he attacked his heavy halfmoon fins. It was just too big for him to look after. I halved the size and he looks beautiful now because he can circle his tank in half the time.

It also depends on their personality. There are arguments that red bettas are simply angrier than other colours. Apparently the worst is a red crowntail... Guess who has one of those right now? xD Moi.

I hope that helps. More plants please and check the filter. Also if you can get some driftwood or something that he can sit on to provide a resting place near the top, that would be ideal. I see your rotala (I think) could provide this, however, it's directly in the path of the filter current. Probably still a little too rough for your guy. Maybe swap it to the other side for him? Many bettas will sleep near the surface so they can gulp air without much effort. I'd help him out and create a bed.

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Congrats on the upgrade :D I love HMPKs too. And I got my first HM a week ago. They have such cute personalities. I also like the bits of red gravel mixed in.

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Upgrades are always nice. Pretty tank, but I have some suggestions.I used to breed bettas. Something that might be contributing to the fin shredding is stress. It is almost always the cause. Looking at that tank, it is very open for a betta habitat. I would fill it up, try to break potential sight-lines where he might see his reflection. More plants, driftwood, rocks, etc.I don't know about your filter, but it might be creating a heavy current for this guy. From the picture, he looks like he may be a halfmoon or delta (would need a closer pic in full flare...). Sometimes these varieties will self-multilate their fins because they find them too heavy for their habitat. Also, in the picture, he seems to be hiding behind his rock, which may be deflecting the filter current for him. It might feel light enough, but bettas aren't goldies who like agitation.You're asking your male to patrol a large area that is open. He can't because of his finnage, which is acting like a sail in the filter current. So he removes the weight problem and you have an 'ugly' fish who is just trying to do his job.I found with my heavier finned guys, heavily planted tanks stopped their fin eating. Also, smaller tanks, with either no filter, or a filter baffle. When their territory is managable in size to patrol, it is less stressful for them. When heavily planted, you also don't need to worry about the water quality. No, I am not suggesting those death-trap betta bowls, or no water changes, but I hope you get my point.I currently have a former fin eater in a 6 gallon, heavily planted tank. When I had him in a tenner so densely planted you couldn't see the back wall, he attacked his heavy halfmoon fins. It was just too big for him to look after. I halved the size and he looks beautiful now because he can circle his tank in half the time.It also depends on their personality. There are arguments that red bettas are simply angrier than other colours. Apparently the worst is a red crowntail... Guess who has one of those right now? xD Moi.I hope that helps. More plants please and check the filter. Also if you can get some driftwood or something that he can sit on to provide a resting place near the top, that would be ideal. I see your rotala (I think) could provide this, however, it's directly in the path of the filter current. Probably still a little too rough for your guy. Maybe swap it to the other side for him? Many bettas will sleep near the surface so they can gulp air without much effort. I'd help him out and create a bed.

Thanks for the information, but those are the reasons I did upgrade him. In the picture he is swimming by the rock, not sitting behind the rock. I muffle the current the filter makes as they are designed to 'skim' The filter is slow, and produces no current at all. He is a halfmoon betta and nips when he is stressed. Not all betta's find large environments stressful, in fact that they feel more stressed out in a small environment where they can see outside but cannot swim. The bigger the tank, the better I say, and all of my bettas have done better in a larger environment mainly because it can maintain a much more stable environment, and provides something to explore. Since the upgrade, he has not been nipping and is enjoying the environment. I do not breed since I don't have the time and space, but I have done plenty of research into them as I find them very fascinating :) I will not be adding any more plants as the ones in there will grow within the next few weeks and fill out the tank. A heavily planted tank can be just as stressful as an empty tank.

His nipping issue was stress and boredom, which is why I planned to upgrade after previously housing him in a 15 gallon. I figured it out by experimenting with his environment, when I moved plants around, he had to explore which kept him entertained. I thought he might not have liked the length of his fins at first, or he might just have had a rot issue, but I could never tell as his fins have natural black edging and were red :P

If you look, you might be able to make out a zoo med leaf I have in the tank, he sleeps on that :)

Thanks for your advice though!

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Congrats! The tank looks great!

Thanks :)

I like it. Very nice! :Congrats:

thanks Alex :)

That is a cool tank. I like the "built in" filter.

Thanks! The filters they come with are great

Congrats on the upgrade :D I love HMPKs too. And I got my first HM a week ago. They have such cute personalities. I also like the bits of red gravel mixed in.

Thanks, I think the best thing about HMPK's is that they don't nip :P

Congrats! The tank looks great!

Thanks :)

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