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Old 12-25-2012, 09:01 AM   #1 
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Tetracycline

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Do you know how to use Tetracycline ?
My fish is fin rot, and I sue Tetracyline. Afte three days, my fish become better, but after five days, he also have fin rot again. I used another five days. I changed water a few days ago, and I only add salt in the water. But He looks like worse, and I worried. Can I use Tetracyline ? Or do you know any other good medicine ?

Please teach me !

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Old 12-25-2012, 09:12 PM   #2 
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I am curious as well. My betta has had a tough case of fin rot. After weeks in hospital tanks, salt water treatement and 2 cycles of tetracycline, I thought he was getting better. No regrowth, but no more loss.

So I went as far as to buy him and his snail friend a whole new tank, with new live and silk plants to hopefully keep him safe. Less than a week later, fin rot is back! Any ideas what I could be doing wrong? Checked ph, nitrate, ammonia, etc. and all is safe range.
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Old 12-25-2012, 10:56 PM   #3 
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I am curious as well. My betta has had a tough case of fin rot. After weeks in hospital tanks, salt water treatement and 2 cycles of tetracycline, I thought he was getting better. No regrowth, but no more loss.

So I went as far as to buy him and his snail friend a whole new tank, with new live and silk plants to hopefully keep him safe. Less than a week later, fin rot is back! Any ideas what I could be doing wrong? Checked ph, nitrate, ammonia, etc. and all is safe range.
2 cycle of Tetracycline means are 10 days twice ?
Me too. My tank also good condition, ph, nitrate, ammonia are safe range. He looks like have strong bacteria in his gut.
I hope your batta become healthy !

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Old 12-25-2012, 11:39 PM   #4 
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Tetracyline is not a good antibiotic.

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Old 12-26-2012, 01:37 AM   #5 
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Tetracyline is not a good antibiotic.

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Housing
What size is your tank? 5 gallon
What temperature is your tank? 78F
Does your tank have a filter? Yes
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? I have a aeration
Is your tank heated? Yes
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? Live plants(soft) and a pod
Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Freezed red worms
How often do you feed your betta fish? Twice a day
Maintenance
How often do you perform a water change? Two per a week
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 50 % and 100 %
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Indian almond leaves
Water Parameters:
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
Ammonia:0
Nitrite:0
Nitrate:0
pH:7
Hardness:
Alkalinity:
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? He has red of his edge fin
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? His fin are cut and melt
When did you start noticing the symptoms? I think he has fin rot
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? I add some medicine, and he looks like better, but I didn't add medicine, he has same to change his fin
Does your fish have any history of being ill? No
How old is your fish (approximately)? He is 6 months


I continued add medicine over a month. I bought Tetracycline, and I used middle of this month. A few days ago, meximun of Tetracylcine, and I changed the medicine, Jungle fungus Clear. It looks like he has stopped melt tail, but the edge of his fin are still red. Is that good working for Melafix ?

Please advice to me !

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Old 12-26-2012, 02:20 AM   #6 
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Well if you're using tap water you need to be adding conditioner/declorinator.. Are you doing that?

Water changing habits are good, if not a little overboard, but won't hurt so long as he's acclimated well each time.

IAL is great.

All you feed is blood worms? Those are the candy of the fish world and shouldn't be a staple. You're in a different part of the world than I am so maybe things are available different for you.. we use pellets here or if you want to feed live food combo of things like brine shrimp.

I think what you're doing sounds okay.. Fin melt is definitely a water problem, but at least now it sounds like he has clean warm water. Just check on that dechlorinator.. and if you want you can treat him with aquarium salt at 1 tsp per gallon predissolved for up to 10 days or you can try another antibiotic. I like Kanaplex by Seachem. I have no idea if it's available where you are.

Never use Melafix on a betta. It coats their labrynth lung and can suffocate them/kill.
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Old 12-26-2012, 02:22 AM   #7 
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Isn't tetracycline supposed to be used with no light? I might be wrong.

I would give him a break from medications for a while. I remember you mentioning you use AQ salt, are you still using that? If so, how much for how long?
I myself would either finish out the medication you have now since you think it's working a bit, or switch over to just salt if it hasn't been used in the past week. 1tsp/gallon (up to 3tsp per gallon) for 10 days, perform a 25-50% change every day and replace only the amount of aquarium salt you removed. This should help.
Can you post a pic?
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Old 12-26-2012, 03:40 AM   #8 
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Well if you're using tap water you need to be adding conditioner/declorinator.. Are you doing that?

Water changing habits are good, if not a little overboard, but won't hurt so long as he's acclimated well each time.

IAL is great.

All you feed is blood worms? Those are the candy of the fish world and shouldn't be a staple. You're in a different part of the world than I am so maybe things are available different for you.. we use pellets here or if you want to feed live food combo of things like brine shrimp.

I think what you're doing sounds okay.. Fin melt is definitely a water problem, but at least now it sounds like he has clean warm water. Just check on that dechlorinator.. and if you want you can treat him with aquarium salt at 1 tsp per gallon predissolved for up to 10 days or you can try another antibiotic. I like Kanaplex by Seachem. I have no idea if it's available where you are.

Never use Melafix on a betta. It coats their labrynth lung and can suffocate them/kill.
Thank you for your kind reply.
I use conditoner.

He didn't eat pelles, that's why I fee blood worms. I'll try to feed some pellets then.

I didn't use IAL now, because he's in medicien now.

His fin like cut and cut now. He stopped melted.

Before I use medicine, I treated salt. But it's not change. And I use some medicine.
I'll buy Kanaplex.
Thank you so much !
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Old 12-26-2012, 03:44 AM   #9 
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Isn't tetracycline supposed to be used with no light? I might be wrong.

I would give him a break from medications for a while. I remember you mentioning you use AQ salt, are you still using that? If so, how much for how long?
I myself would either finish out the medication you have now since you think it's working a bit, or switch over to just salt if it hasn't been used in the past week. 1tsp/gallon (up to 3tsp per gallon) for 10 days, perform a 25-50% change every day and replace only the amount of aquarium salt you removed. This should help.
Can you post a pic?
I use under light. Is that wrong ?
Yes, I use salt, but it's not working.
No medicine and use salt ?
I always break from change medicine, and use salt. He always back to worse.
I take a pic.
Thank you so much !
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Old 12-26-2012, 04:44 AM   #10 
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Hmmm...That might not be fin rot. He may be bitting his tail. Normally with rot, there will be a black area around the rotting part and I did not see that in the picture but the pic is also small and I can't really tell.

If he is bitting, no medicine will work. You need to fin the cause of why he is doing it - stress, boredom, fins too heavy, just because he can. Sometimes the more finned males, like halfmoons - will bit their fins because they are too heavy in which case there is nothing you can really do to stop him, other then keep the water clean. You may never catch him doing it, I have a few bitters and have never seen them bitting but they do.

This guy was a Halfmoon and he was a bitter till the day he died. RIP Sesshomarhu :(


Is it just his fins that look bad or is he acting differently as well? Does he still swim around alot or just float in one spot?

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