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Old 06-18-2013, 04:06 PM   #1 
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Fin Melt

Fairly certain my betta has fin melt. Friend watched him when we were gone on vacation, I came home to him losing color and starting to get sick.

- Color loss
- Back tail has "melted"
- clamped fins
- Rusty spots by gills
- Not as active
- Attempts to eat, but will spit the food back up.

What are the prescribed treatments recommended?

- 3 gallon
- weekly water changes (25%)
- Filtered
- 3 live plants
- heater

My worry more than anything is his eating habits. He acts hungry, grabs the pellet, but then spits it back up within 2 minutes or so. I can think he ate the 2 pellets, walk away, and return to find them floating again. He still swims around, flares at mirrors, and isn't acting deathly, but he's not keeping much down.

I bought flakes, and he doesn't even register they're food. Blood worms haven't tempted him either. I don't know what to do to make him keep food down...


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Old 06-18-2013, 09:34 PM   #2 
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He just looks really clamped to me. What is your ammonia?

I think you should do a 75%-90% water change and bump the water to 80F, he might perk up.
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I did a 75% water change, wiped down tank, rinsed all plants, and bumped up heater.

It hasn't helped. That was 2 days ago, and he remains the same.
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Old 06-18-2013, 11:34 PM   #4 
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The rusty spots by the gills are in indication of Velvet. He needs medication, warm water, and dark. Velvet starts by the gills and works its way across the body. If you shine a light on him, you will probably see other areas that look like a gold or rust colored dust or coating. Lethargy and clamped fins happen well after they've been infected and can no longer keep it at bay, so it sounds like he's had it a while.
Velvet is a parasite that lives in the water and attaches itself to the fish around the gills, and later elsewhere, if the fish's immune system is compromised for any reason (stress, water fluctuations, other illnesses, water temp., etc.) the fish will no longer be able to fight off and will become sick.
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