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Old 03-29-2013, 07:47 PM   #1 
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New fish, need advice.


She's a female Veiltail I promised to pick up three days ago if she was still alive. Got my paycheck, which got me enough to buy a new heater and a plant for her temporary tank, and she was still alive (albeit worse condition). She has obvious fin rot, amonia burns, and some bloating. I'm not sure if it's just her being backed up or if it's going to be leading to dropsy. Either way, I treated her with Epsom Salts and will do a 100% water change tomorrow and repeating the process. I figured i'd treat her for the bloating first rather than the fin rot because from my experience it progresses faster.

Am I doing this right, is there any precautions I should take with it? Also, it's not possible to jack up the heat because it's an automatic heater. I have a thermostat and will be monitoring it closely. When should I start treating her for her fin rot (I have Aquarium Salt), and how long should I keep the Epsom Salts treatment going?

Housing
What size is your tank? 1 gallon (temporary)
What temperature is your tank? 76 F
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? None

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? She hasn't eaten yet.
How often do you feed your betta fish? See above.

Maintenance
How often do you perform a water change? Will preform 3 a week until her tank change.
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 2 50% and 1 100% in a week
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Aquasafe+

Water Parameters:
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
n/a, just got her today

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

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? Not changed, but she is semi-bloated, with amonia burns and fin rot.
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? She's perked up and unclamped a bit since I've gotten her into warm and clean water.
When did you start noticing the symptoms? Three days ago, when I saw her in the store.
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? 1tsp on Epsom Salts to help with bloating.
Does your fish have any history of being ill? Not sure.
How old is your fish (approximately)? Not sure.
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Old 03-29-2013, 08:11 PM   #2 
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Looks like you're off to a good start with your new girl.

I would NOT add any aquarium salt. It's usually not needed for mild fin rot, plus it can cause fluid retention - and you do NOT want this if she's already bloated.

The Epsom salt (1 tsp/gal) is just fine. It should help with any bloating, and it also has some antibacterial properties, so it'll be helpful at with the fin rot, anyway.

Your water change schedule looks good, and I think it'll really help heal her fins.

The 76F temp is maybe a little cool. But it's definitely a huge improvement over the temp of her little plastic cup at the store!

Personally, I think she'll be just fine after spending some time with you.
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Old 03-29-2013, 08:17 PM   #3 
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Okay thank you. ;u;
I was just making sure, I haven't ever had to deal with bloating before, and when I did I was too young and naive to recognize it.

Thanks for confirming. <3
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Old 03-29-2013, 08:49 PM   #4 
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I agree, sounds like you know your stuff & she's in good hands.
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Old 03-29-2013, 09:20 PM   #5 
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They've got it covered for you, but good luck, and it sounds like she's got a great owner. :)
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Old 03-30-2013, 10:28 AM   #6 
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Unfortunately I woke up this morning to Khaleesi by the side of her tank instead of inside it. There is a gap in the top of it where a filter is supposed to go, it's not big, but it's not small either. I don't know how or why, but unfortunately she is no longer with us. At least I got her inside a warm and safe home instead of inside a cup at a pet store. :(
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Old 03-30-2013, 01:25 PM   #7 
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Sorry to hear that.
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