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Old 12-07-2009, 08:08 PM   #1 
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New Betta Fins Eroding Away And White Stuff On Side Of Betta By The Eroding Tail

Hello, I bought a new betta last Thursday and he was showing signs of getting used to my tank. The first and second day, he was flaring like crazy all over the tank and then he started hiding and he never came out and people told me that he is still trying to get used to my tank. He isn't eating and yesterday morning, I found pin holes in his tail. Someone told me that he got pin holes because he was over flaring so I added 1 Teaspoon Per Gallon Of Aquarium Salt and today I woke up and found white stuff on his tail and on the side of him. Idk If it is Fungus And he is very clamped. The pin holes are gone but he is breathing very heavy and he started to be active today. I have a heater and the temp stays above 78 at all times. Also, this infection thing is eating his fins away! He looks EXACTLY like this Betta here: http://tinyurl.com/betta-fungus
. That betta has an Infection too and my bettas infection looks like that ones and my betta is a Red VT Betta just like that one. I am going to go get some Water Testers tonight and I will post what the Nitrates are, the Nitrites, and Ammonia are. What Meds should I use to cure this? The Only Meds I have at the moment is QuickCure and Maracyn 2. Will any of those work on him? Could my water be too hard? I am using regular water from the sink with Water Conditioner, Some Stuff That adds Beneficial Bacteria to the tank and 1 teaspoon of Aquarium Salt Per gallon to help regrowth
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Old 12-07-2009, 08:21 PM   #2 
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I wish I knew what to suggest to help your fish. I'm only up to speed on treating ich. Hopefully someone will come along who can help. I'll PM someone I know who has the answers!
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I wish I knew what to suggest to help your fish. I'm only up to speed on treating ich. Hopefully someone will come along who can help. I'll PM someone I know who has the answers!
OK, Thanks
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Oh no.... what size tank?
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Oh no.... what size tank?
It's a 5 gallon Filtered and heated
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Looks like a bacterial infection - probably Columnaris. If you haven't done a water change already within the last few days, do at least 25% change. Remove any charcoal from your filter and treat him with Maracyn 2.

Ideally, you should use Maracyn and Maracyn 2 together for the spectrum of pos. & neg. bacteria. If it were me, I'd treat him with the Maracyn 2 until you can get the other. I don't have any experience with QuickCure so can't speak for that.

Keep us posted on how it goes. I've got one of my own little guys battling some type of bacteria too this week (groan). I'm using Furan-2 bc it works the same as the Maracyn combos but I couldn't find Maracyn in stock and didn't want to wait for a shipment of it.

Good luck. Hope your lil guy is ok.
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Looks like a bacterial infection - probably Columnaris. If you haven't done a water change already within the last few days, do at least 25% change. Remove any charcoal from your filter and treat him with Maracyn 2.

Ideally, you should use Maracyn and Maracyn 2 together for the spectrum of pos. & neg. bacteria. If it were me, I'd treat him with the Maracyn 2 until you can get the other. I don't have any experience with QuickCure so can't speak for that.

Keep us posted on how it goes. I've got one of my own little guys battling some type of bacteria too this week (groan). I'm using Furan-2 bc it works the same as the Maracyn combos but I couldn't find Maracyn in stock and didn't want to wait for a shipment of it.

Good luck. Hope your lil guy is ok.
OK, Thanks. I will try to do a water change tomorrow when I have time. I put some Maracyn 2 in his tank around 3:00 PM Eastern Time and he has 1 Teaspoon Of Aquarium Salt Per Gallon in his tank. I bought a water tester today. I will test the water tomorrow too. I have no idea when I could get the Maracyn, but I hope the Maracyn 2 will help fight it off. QuickCure gets rid of Protozoan Parasites and Ick. I have no Idea how he got this! Maybe he was a weak stressed fish when I got him.
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It's hard to tell. The best thing you can do is treat per the package directions and change the water frequently as well (be sure to follow the package directions for how much water to change tho. - you don't want to lose meds. in the process).

Crossing fingers for you.
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i agree with romad
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It's hard to tell. The best thing you can do is treat per the package directions and change the water frequently as well (be sure to follow the package directions for how much water to change tho. - you don't want to lose meds. in the process).

Crossing fingers for you.
Hey, This is an update on hos he is doing. This little disease gets him over night. This disease is like ripping him apart. Parts of his find agre really clear and falling apart over night. I have no idea what he has but the Maracyn 2 is not working at all. He has gotten worse over night. I tested my water and everything is fine. I have a feeling he will go in this week because this is progressing RAPIDLY. He is not eating and he is still breathing very heavy. When he dies, I will probably end up just buying some Tropical Fish and not bettas.
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