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Old 03-02-2013, 10:04 PM   #1 
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Location: South Glens Falls NY
Is this blood?

What size is your tank? 2.5 gallon
What temperature is your tank? 78
Does your tank have a filter? No
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? nothing

What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Aqueon betta pellets
How often do you feed your betta fish? 3 pellets twice a day


How often do you perform a water change? Doing it every day
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 100%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? stresscoat+

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


Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? Getting the start of fin rot
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? No change
When did you start noticing the symptoms? The fin rot, 2 days ago, the pibk stuff yesterday
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? Yes. Doing 100% WC's, adding 1/2 teaspoon of AQS, and stresscoat+
Does your fish have any history of being ill? Battled fin rot twice but it got worse.
How old is your fish (approximately) Don't know.

Two days ago I found Winteregreen had fin rot and I started treating him. Today I went to feed him, and saw a few pink strands on his bottom fin. Is this blood? Or something else? Sorry about the crappy quality of the pictures. The last 2 of how bad his fins had gotten.
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Old 03-02-2013, 10:14 PM   #2 
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Photos aren't even good enough quality to tell if it's a fish.. sorry.. can't tell.

AQ salt needs to be at least 1 tsp per gallon, predissolved before adding. So you need at least 2.5T. Use for up to 10 days. I would cut back your water changes.. 50% by day 2 for sure, but then you could probably do 100% then on day 4.. that's still plenty.

The 50% changes the betta can be kept in the bowl and use a turkey baster to remove half the water and as much of the debris as possible. For the 100% you need to remove him - scoop him out with a plastic solo type cup and set aside while you thoroughly rinse the bowl and gravel to remove the debris. Then he should be acclimated to the new water by floating for an hour while you slowly add a couple tablespoons of new water to the cup every 10 minutes. When you release him, try to let as little of the old cup water back into the tank as possible.

All water changes should use same temp water, matched to running tap using the in tank thermometer and the water needs to be premixed with conditioner before adding it to the betta tank. If you don't already have anything, you can use gallon water jugs from the grocery store - rinsed thoroughly in hot water but no chems.
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