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Old 12-23-2012, 07:24 PM   #1 
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Looks Like Fin Rot... :(

Can bettas get fin rot from stress? I did a 100% water change about a week ago, and I noticed after a couple of days that my betta's fins were getting noticeably shorter and tattered. I've been watching him and it doesn't look like he's been trying to nip at them. His behavior hasn't really changed too much, but if anything he's a bit more lethargic than usual.

Housing
What size is your tank? 2.5 gallons
What temperature is your tank? Approx. 78 degrees Farenheit
Does your tank have a filter? Yes
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

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? ZooMed pellets
How often do you feed your betta fish? Twice a day

Maintenance
How often do you perform a water change? Bi-weekly
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 75-100%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? ZooMed water conditioner and aquarium salt

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


No- I don't have the equipment to test water

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? Shorter, tattered fins (dorsal and anal)
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? Not significantly, but more lethargic
When did you start noticing the symptoms? About three/four days ago
Have you started treating your fish? I put two tsp of aquarium salt in his tank (2.5 gallon tank)
Does your fish have any history of being ill? No, but he gets pretty stressed out whenever I do water changes
How old is your fish (approximately)? seven months
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Old 12-23-2012, 07:32 PM   #2 
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You should buy testing strips, maybe the fish is stressed out because of bad water. I'm not really sure, though.
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Old 12-23-2012, 07:42 PM   #3 
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Are you sure it's rot and not biting? Dragging nylons on the plans and ornaments will let you know if they're too sharp for the betta. If they snag, they are. Generally speaking, plastic plants should be avoided. Pics would help.

Two water changes a week one being 100% is good for a 2.5g. I would still test with a drops kit, not strips. Do not add salt on a regular basis, only for a 10 day or less treatment. That may be why you have salt as additives? You can put 2.5 tsp in it, predissolved. Doing that for 10 days along with 1 ml per gallon of stress coat will help regrow the fins.

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Old 12-23-2012, 08:38 PM   #4 
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Hi, thanks for getting back to me!

I'm pretty sure that it's rot and not biting. He's never had biting problems before, and I've been watching him pretty closely. His dorsal and anal fins are gradually getting more shredded every day. They're not crazy short yet, but they're definitely looking pretty ragged. It's not the plants; they're all silk, but two have plastic stems that never gave him too much trouble before.

I'll look into getting a test kit when I'm out later this week. For now I'll add more salt and stress coat?

Also, do you guys recommend another water change?
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Old 12-23-2012, 09:09 PM   #5 
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I had plastic stems like that on some of my plants and they shredded my rosetails fins, so that's why I cautioned. I would test them just to be sure.

Salt and stress coat is probably a good plan. Make sure to predissolve the salt and only go for 10 days.
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Old 12-23-2012, 09:17 PM   #6 
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tail biting can be caused by stress,boredom, and/or being lonley..
My VT betta, Zuko, did this when i didn't visit him often and a day or so after water changes. i visit him alot and he has a few friends and i make changes as stressless as possible.
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Old 12-23-2012, 09:19 PM   #7 
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Can bettas get fin rot from stress? I did a 100% water change about a week ago, and I noticed after a couple of days that my betta's fins were getting noticeably shorter and tattered. I've been watching him and it doesn't look like he's been trying to nip at them. His behavior hasn't really changed too much, but if anything he's a bit more lethargic than usual.

Housing
What size is your tank? 2.5 gallons
What temperature is your tank? Approx. 78 degrees Farenheit
Does your tank have a filter? Yes
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

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? ZooMed pellets
How often do you feed your betta fish? Twice a day

Maintenance
How often do you perform a water change? Bi-weekly
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 75-100%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? ZooMed water conditioner and aquarium salt

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

No- I don't have the equipment to test water

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? Shorter, tattered fins (dorsal and anal)
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? Not significantly, but more lethargic
When did you start noticing the symptoms? About three/four days ago
Have you started treating your fish? I put two tsp of aquarium salt in his tank (2.5 gallon tank)
Does your fish have any history of being ill? No, but he gets pretty stressed out whenever I do water changes
How old is your fish (approximately)? seven months
when posting a thread, how do you do that question and answer thingy?^^^^^ the thing above...
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Old 12-23-2012, 09:34 PM   #8 
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Sweet! Thanks for your help guys!

bettaluver14- go here:
http://www.bettafish.com/showthread.php?t=49233
and just copy/paste. :)
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