Betta Fish Care  
Go Back   Betta Fish and Betta Fish Care > Betta Fish Diseases and Emergencies
Check out the eBook Betta Fish Care Made Easy
betta fish
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 12-05-2012, 05:20 AM   #1 
vivien
New Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
ammonia burn treatment time

so i know my betta has ammonia burn and ive been doing water changes, and have started doing 100% with stress coat and aq salt for the past 2 days, but it looks like its still getting worse! how long til i notice a difference?
before then i just did water changes for a few days (50% 75% and 100%) and did 2 days of mela fixtil i read not too
also because im using stress caot i dont need a separate conditioner right? because it does both

Housing
What size is your tank? 12 L 3.17ga
What temperature is your tank? 25degC
Does your tank have a filter?yes on low 50 cycles per hour
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? no
Is your tank heated? yes
What tank mates does your betta fish live with?none since cory died from ammonia spike

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? aqua one betta pellets (je wont eat anything else ive tried)
How often do you feed your betta fish? daily sometimes offering him more than once depending on how much he ate

Maintenance
(will be from recovery onwards, before this trouble i only had it set up a few weeks with no water changes)
How often do you perform a water change?weekly
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change?50%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change?stress coat, and biobooster and conditioning salts

Water Parameters:
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?

Ammonia:0
Nitrite:0
Nitrate:0
pH:7 changing as im doing daily water changes but i lower when nessesary
Hardness:~100
Alkalinity: uhh? isnt that the same as ph..

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? yes fins looking more shredded and colour changing
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? became happier without the cory, but has tonnes of personality still
When did you start noticing the symptoms?when the cory died about a week ago
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how?yes
stated above
Does your fish have any history of being ill?unsure as he is relatively new
How old is your fish (approximately)?unsure
picture is from about a week ago, but fins are looking worse
Attached Images
 
vivien is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-05-2012, 05:28 AM   #2 
vivien
New Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
him now
Attached Images
 
vivien is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-05-2012, 05:45 AM   #3 
vivien
New Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
and when i put him in his tank after his water change today he went crazy headbutting the side trying to escape :/ he hasnt done that before. i hope he was just surprised by the cold cause the heater hadnt done much yet, ill have to next time use warm water when i set it ack up
vivien is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-05-2012, 01:48 PM   #4 
Oldfishlady
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: USA
Are you sure he isn't biting his tail...Its hard for me to tell by the pic-but it almost looks like he has white edges on the tips of his fins.

What do you mean by ammonia burns or do you mean fin rot???

Some-not all-of the Long fin males can have fin and stress issues with water movement/filters IMO/E.

What I would recommend you try-turn off or remove the filter all together and start a fresh/dechlorinated water and tannin treatment.

IMO/E-filters are optional with this species and this could be the cause of stress and that in turn could be causing neurotic behavior and biting-then the open wound the source of a secondary infection-plus along with that and stress..... can compromise the immune response.

Then I would start a clean/dechlorinated, tannin water treatment-along with good nutrition and see if this will help.

Tannins-either IAL (Indian almond leaf) 1 large crushed/gal or what I use-naturally dried and fallen from the tree Oak leaf about 20 crushed/gal.
The tannins have antibacterial/fungal properties, can help toughen fins/scales over time, ease stress and can lower pH with long term use. Since these are a natural product you can't overdose them.

I would premix some tannin stained water in a 1gal jug of dechlorinated water to use for 50% water changes daily for 2 days-Then 50% every other day for 4 days-Then twice weekly to maintain water quality in a 3gal unfiltered tank without live plants of 1-50% water only and 1-100% weekly.

With any 100% water changes-be sure and properly acclimate to both the temp and chemistry by adding small amounts of the fresh tank water to the holding cup over 10-15min or to tolerance-Net or allow him to swim out of the holding container into the tank with the least amount of the holding container water you can. Have a little extra dechlorinated like temp water on hand to top off the tank if needed.

Nutrition-good quality varied diet fed in small frequent meals. If you have access to any live mosquito larva offer several rinsed a couple of times a day to boost protein/nutrition to support the immune response and to promote healing.

At any point he has a change in behavior or symptoms-he may need a full treatment...

Keep us post...Lovely fella by the way...
Oldfishlady is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-05-2012, 07:36 PM   #5 
vivien
New Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
i think its fin rot from the ammonia spike. The white edges went there when i nought him, they went white the started to become ripped off, i have never seen him bite his tail so im unsure how to tell if it would be that. Are there any easy to tell symptoms if its tailbiting not fin rot?

Ill try turning off the filter, but somewhere i read the current needs to be 4-6 cycles an hour which is why i thought it was okay seeing he
doesnt get pushed around any more

Im getting so many conflicting opnions by what ive read, somewhere on this site it said to do the salt water treatment im doing for not more than 10 days, youve said something else.
I think ill comtinue this treatment and if it doesnt nothing ill try yours.
How long should it take before a noticable affect has taken place? So i dont waste time on usless treatments

the membranes on his fins are becoming tranparent so im afraid hes going to loose them too.

I just want hime to be happy!
vivien is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-06-2012, 09:36 AM   #6 
Oldfishlady
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: USA
The reason you get so much conflicting info- is because there are a lot of ways to properly care for a Betta and treat them for that matter. Lots of different opinions based on a persons personal experience....In some cases, not really a right or wrong answer....

White and/or clear edges can mean new growth or a sign of healing-
IMO by your pic it doesn't look like fin rot-since he is otherwise acting okay, eating and responding to you-I wouldn't worry-but observe, maintain water quality, temp and nutrition.
Oldfishlady is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-06-2012, 09:16 PM   #7 
vivien
New Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
okay then! thats good to hear, o you have any idea of how to maintain a varied diet when he wont eat normal sized pellets he likes really tiny ones, so he wont even eat the freeze dried blood worms
vivien is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-06-2012, 09:19 PM   #8 
Sena Hansler
Member
 
Sena Hansler's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: CANADA
Freeze dried should only be as a treat anyways. Can you find some frozen bloodworms? Those are hard to resist. How big are the normal pellets? Sometimes they are much too big for bettas.
Sena Hansler is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-06-2012, 09:21 PM   #9 
Phaydra
Member
 
Phaydra's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: SoCal
Try frozen blood worms and frozen brine shrimp.

Edit Sena beat me to it
Phaydra is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-06-2012, 09:22 PM   #10 
Sena Hansler
Member
 
Sena Hansler's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: CANADA
hehehe :3
Sena Hansler is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Red streaks Ammonia Burn 914joe Betta Fish Diseases and Emergencies 7 11-01-2012 11:19 AM
Is this an ammonia burn? zaichev Betta Fish Diseases and Emergencies 0 01-30-2012 09:05 AM
Ammonia gill burn? lessandler Betta Fish Diseases and Emergencies 27 07-13-2011 11:48 PM
Ammonia burn...? DragonFish Betta Fish Diseases and Emergencies 7 09-15-2009 11:23 PM
Ammonia Burn??? ChloesMom Betta Fish Diseases and Emergencies 1 08-27-2009 05:35 PM


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:07 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.