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post #21 of 39 (permalink) Old 01-29-2011, 10:52 AM
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To cut the fins you must get a damp paper towel and lay it over the fish's body (the fish will be on a paper plate or something) then gently and carefully trim. The same procedure for the peroxide excep the peroxide can only touch the infected area.

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Although trimming fins is sometimes practiced for varied reasons-too long and heavy fins to breed/swim etc....infections..etc.....I would not recommend doing this unless you have been shown proper procedure for: before, during and after care...you can do more harm than good......

Even removing the fish for H2O2 or other topical application of medication should not be done unless you know what you are doing...most of the topical medication can kill the fish if any gets in the gills or mouth...

Proper care and preventive care are best and when the need arises for treatment....fresh dechlorinated water with water changes are the best first treatment...then salts with water changes come next....depending on the problem....
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IAL works pretty well too hehe.

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IAL works pretty well too hehe.
You got that right...lol....however, I like to use Oak leaf instead of IAL but only because it is Free...lol.....

This is why I like to pre-mix my treatment water in 1gal jugs...so I can add a tannin source to steep of either IAL or Oak leaf......they have awesome powers....lol.....
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I would never trim a betta's fins. A fish with trimmed fins cannot be sent to show.

Plain old salt and clean water usually cures mild fin rot within 1 week or 2. If that fails, the next step is antibiotics for a week. IMO, hydrogen peroxide is bad idea because it also destroys healthy tissue and can be very painful and lethal for the fish if it gets in the fish's eyes. Hydrogen peroxide is great for houseplants though.
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Do you put water on the plate so your betta can breathe? That sounds terrible.

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Do you put water on the plate so your betta can breathe? That sounds terrible.
Bettas breath the air we breath...as long as they're wet they'll be fine.

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You got that right...lol....however, I like to use Oak leaf instead of IAL but only because it is Free...lol.....

This is why I like to pre-mix my treatment water in 1gal jugs...so I can add a tannin source to steep of either IAL or Oak leaf......they have awesome powers....lol.....
I would call them magic leaves but that dosen't really send the message I want it to haha.

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That still sounds terrible. Ugh.

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Use a parasite treatment, if it is affecting the tail already then it's already in the water and you'll just cause more pain and suffering to the fish, as well as possibly creating an infection if you trim the fins.
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