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Old 10-31-2012, 09:37 PM   #1 
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Question Fin Rot (again!)

My poor fish is struggling with fin rot. He had it a few weeks ago, so I put him in a smaller tank with 1tsp AQ salt per gallon and did a water change every day. After a week, he started looking a lot better, so I put him back in his regular tank. Two weeks later, and the fin rot is back! I don't know what I'm doing wrong; I changed the water in his larger tank every other day (50% on the first day, 100% on the second), and the parameters are fine.

He's back in his smaller tank again so he can heal up, but I know that I'm not supposed to treat him with AQ salt for more than 10 days. After he starts looking better, should I keep him in the smaller tank (without AQ salt) to make sure he is all better?

What factors--besides poor water conditions--can cause fin rot? There is a filter in his tank, but I put filter sponge around it to slow the current. Could the filter still be the problem? There are no sharp plants/decorations in his tank that could have scratched his fins either.
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Old 10-31-2012, 11:15 PM   #2 
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Is it possible that he's tail biting?
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Old 10-31-2012, 11:36 PM   #3 
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I'm not sure what tail biting looks like, but the fins look more shredded then bitten.
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Old 11-01-2012, 12:36 AM   #4 
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Tail biting and tail nipping vary on intensity and amount being bitten. Severe tail biting is large chunks of tail or fins missing. Small tearing can be nipping rather than full bites.
Fins tearing can also be caused by excessive flaring. Does he flare a lot in the bigger tank? Perhaps he's seeing his reflection in the big tank and flaring a lot more than he does in the little tank.
Fin rot is usually defined by red or black around the edges of the fin where it's rotting away. Do you see any of that on his tail?
If you can get one, a picture would help.
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He does flare a lot when the light in the tank is on, but the lights in the room are off. He can probably see his reflection when it's like that.

Here's a picture of him right now. Sorry the quality isn't so great; I don't have a decent camera/phone camera.
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Old 11-01-2012, 10:07 PM   #6 
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Then it is possible that his tears are from flaring too much.
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