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Old 06-28-2013, 12:27 AM   #1 
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Please Help!

Something is wrong with my betta's tail. The tail used to be solid, but now it has broken up into lots of little strings. I don't know what to do! Betta fix has worked with me before, but it wasnt as bad then and my betta was in a small tank, and now hes in a 5 gallon with a snail, can I still put the betta fix in? Thanks!
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Old 06-28-2013, 12:28 AM   #2 
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Sorry it's a bad picture, ill try to get a better one later. You can see that the tail is broken though
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Old 06-28-2013, 01:32 AM   #3 
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Can you see if there is white/grey edges to his fins where they're all ragged? Or are they just torn?
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Old 06-28-2013, 08:29 AM   #4 
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Yeah, they are kinda white on the tips
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Old 06-28-2013, 11:33 PM   #5 
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All the shreds fell off! I saw one just get blown of the the current of the filter, seriously what do I do here? His tail is like half the size it was last week
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Old 06-29-2013, 01:25 AM   #6 
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He has fin rot. Don't use Bettafix. It's oil based and isn't actually good at all, in fact it will do more harm than good. My first boy had really aggressive fin rot and Maracyn plus daily water changes worked well, but you should use a hospital tank with just your boy in it. I don't know what Maracyn will do to your snail but inverts are sensitive to a lot of meds. Follow the instructions on the box exactly and make sure his water is nice and warm and he should be fine. If you don't have a hospital tank, you can use organic unflavored Rooibos tea in your whole tank. It won't hurt the snails. I use it all the time as just a general "fish spa" but it works for mild fin rot too. It's very important in any case to keep up with your daily water changes.
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Old 06-29-2013, 12:36 PM   #7 
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Thanks! I am going out of town, but will only be gone for 2, 3 day periods. I changed the filter cartridge, but will doing a water change every 3 days be enough?
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Old 06-29-2013, 12:38 PM   #8 
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Also, is maracyn-two the same thing?
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Also, is maracyn-two the same thing?
Maracyn-two is not the same thing. Maracyn is for gram positive bacteria and Maracyn-two is for gram negative bacteria. A lot of people use them together but I've only ever had to use Maracyn and it's worked fine.
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Old 06-29-2013, 02:29 PM   #10 
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And no, every 3 days isn't enough. You need to do a 100% every day while you're treating and re-dose each time.
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