Originally Posted by starr70
I went to petsmart to get dog food and there was this twin tail betta that has been there for about two weeks and I notice his tail wasn't as pretty as it was and looks like fin rot. So of course felt sorry for the guy so i bought him. Well i have him in a half gallon cube for now until I can get him back to normal. He is not that big his body maybe two inches and he sit on his tail where he is looking straight from the the bottom of the tank, I fed him immediately when I got him settled in his new tank, he sorta of ate the pellets so I gave him some frozen brine shrimp and he ate those immediately, so he is eating but it looks like he is having trouble swimming. He is very skinny. I am treating him with Melafix is that the correct thing to do? The little guy is pretty alert and wants to be active but he is having trouble swimming. He will go to the top to get air and goes back down to the bottom and really sits on his tail. Any suggestion of what else I could do for him? Ok I just checked on him and he is laying on his side at the bottom. Anyone please give me suggestions, the little guy is really trying to come out of this.
IMMEDIATELY do a 100% water change, melafix will damage his labyrinth organ and kill him! do not use melafix, bettafix, anything -fix.
I would get him in a bigger tank that can be heated. He is acting that way most likely because he is too cold.
Do you have pictures so we can confirm wether this is fin rot or not?
if it is fin rot..
Tail rot or fin rot
•Symptoms: Betta’s fins and/or tail seem to be getting shorter and shorter or they seem to be falling apart and dissolving, Black or red along the edge of the betta’s fins/tail, Bloody tips, Behavior may not change
Treatment: Conservative: Treat with Aq.Salt at 1 tsp/gal. Increase water changes to 100% daily. Replace accurate amount of salt following water changes. Add Stress Coat to help repair tissue. If there is little to no improvement within the first 5 days, you can increase the salt dosage gradually to 2tsp/gal but do not continue any salt treatments past 10 days. Medication: If Conservative treatment is ineffective use API Tetracycline, API Fungus Cure, API Triple Sulfa, OR API Erythromycin. Also add Stress Coat to help regrowth. Continue until fins/tail stop receding and start showing some new growth.