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Old 03-01-2013, 01:33 PM   #1 
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My new betta has fin rot.

I know it's fin rot. (edges of fins turned black and look crooked/about to break off and his once white fins have turned a pinkish color)

It doesn't seem very severe, but what should I do to treat it? The water levels are perfect and it's crystal clear. I suspect it was brewing when I got him Sunday from the Petstore.

I'm adding aquarium salt, will that be enough?
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Old 03-01-2013, 08:12 PM   #2 
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Clean, warm water is the best way to treat fin rot. Can you post a photo? Also, could you fill out the form below, so that people have more info?

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Housing
What size is your tank?
What temperature is your tank?
Does your tank have a filter?
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration?
Is your tank heated?
What tank mates does your betta fish live with?

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish?
How often do you feed your betta fish?

Maintenance
How often do you perform a water change?
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change?
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change?

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

Ammonia:
Nitrite:
Nitrate:
pH:
Hardness:
Alkalinity:

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed?
How has your betta fish's behavior changed?
When did you start noticing the symptoms?
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how?
Does your fish have any history of being ill?
How old is your fish (approximately)?
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Old 03-02-2013, 10:08 AM   #3 
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Clean, warm water is the best way to treat fin rot. Can you post a photo? Also, could you fill out the form below, so that people have more info?
Can't get a photo =/ he won't stop moving and I have bad camera

Housing
What size is your tank? 5g
What temperature is your tank? 78*-79*
Does your tank have a filter? Yes
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? Just the biowheel filter that puts bubbles on the surface
Is your tank heated? yes
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? A snail

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Top fin betta bits (soon to upgrade to Omega One)
How often do you feed your betta fish? 2pellets in morning and at night, Fast on Sunday

Maintenance
How often do you perform a water change? every Sunday
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 30%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? prime and StressCoat+

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

Ammonia:0
Nitrite:0
Nitrate:3
pH:7.5
Hardness: 80
Alkalinity: 80

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? Bottoms fins have turned red with a black outline, some parts look ready to break off. Top fin has a black outline as well
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? It hasn't
When did you start noticing the symptoms? yesterday
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? I added a bit of Aquarium Salt
Does your fish have any history of being ill? Not that I know of
How old is your fish (approximately)? a week

Edit: got a pic, you can see the red that wasn't there when i got him. Not sure if you can see the breakage.
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Old 03-02-2013, 01:23 PM   #4 
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I just can't tell anything based on the pic. Sorry

However, if you've only had your fish a week your tank is cycling.. Cycling takes up to 2 months and during this time you should be testing daily for ammonia and nitrite and doing an extra 50% change any time either show up. In addition to this a regular 50% weekly change with siphon is needed. First you will see ammonia spike, then you will see nitrites. Eventually, even after a week of no water changes ammonia will stay at 0, then finally nitrites. At this point you should be left with only nitrates, which should be kept <20ppm and the lower the betta by the once weekly change with siphon.

Traces or pinches of aquarium salt won't help. If you want to do a salt treatment, measure out 1 tsp per gallon of AQ, predissolve it in a cup with some of his tank water, then pour it in. You leave the salt for 10 days, after which time you will need to remove it with a series of water changes. During treatment time, you only need to add more salt if you do a water change, then only add as much salt back as new water you replace.

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Old 03-02-2013, 06:09 PM   #5 
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I bought Safestart and it cycled the tank within a few days... everything has been stable with nitrates showing. Havven't done a water change yet since I got him last Sunday, will be doing one tomorrow.
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Old 03-02-2013, 06:10 PM   #6 
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That stuff might speed it up some but you won't have it cycled in days.
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