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Old 11-10-2013, 12:37 PM   #1 
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Recovering from fin rot

Two of my bettas got pretty bad fin rot while we were in temporary housing. I had them in 1/2 gallon critter keepers doing daily 50% water changes. I started noticing the fin rot when we were a few days from moving into our new house and so stepped it up to daily 100% water changes. (I had them in the small containers because I did not have room for all their tanks when we drove to our new city/state. I had to send the tanks with the movers and they were in storage until we closed on our new house) I was surprised how fast the fin rot set in. They both lost a good portion of their tails to it. One is an elephant ear super delta and the other a half moon double tail. I got their tanks set up immediately upon moving into our new house and we've been here 4 weeks now. The fin rot is gone. But I haven't noticed much new growth on their tails. Am I expecting too much too soon? The halfmoon was a rescue from petco and had significant fin rot and it seemed like new growth occurred pretty quickly. Both are active and seem healthy. Just wondering if there is anything else I should be doing. They share a 10 gallon tank divided. Anywho here my answers to the suggested questions.

What size is your tank? 10 gallon shared
What temperature is your tank? 77-78 degrees
Does your tank have a filter? yes
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 other than each other

What type of food do you feed your betta fish? new life spectrom
How often do you feed your betta fish? 3-4 pellets twice daily

How often do you perform a water change? weekly
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 50%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? prime and/or stress coat

Water Parameters:
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters? I have not tested the water but I do know that it is hard as we had a water guy out to evaluate the water for a possible water softener installation.


Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? loss of fins
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? no
When did you start noticing the symptoms? about 5 weeks ago
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? I tried some stress coat
Does your fish have any history of being ill?
How old is your fish (approximately)? approximately 6 months and 10 months.
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Old 11-10-2013, 02:42 PM   #2 
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Tail rot or fin rot
•Symptoms: Betta’s fins and/or tail seem to be getting shorter and shorter or they seem to be falling apart and dissolving, Black or red along the edge of the betta’s fins/tail, Bloody tips, Behavior may not change


Conservative: Treat with Aq.Salt at 1 tsp/gal. Increase water changes to 100% daily. Replace accurate amount of salt following water changes. Add Stress Coat to help repair tissue. If there is little to no improvement within the first 5 days, you can increase the salt dosage gradually to 2tsp/gal but do not continue any salt treatments past 10 days.

Medication: If Conservative treatment is ineffective use API Tetracycline, API Fungus Cure, API Triple Sulfa, OR API Erythromycin. Also add Stress Coat to help regrowth. Continue until fins/tail stop receding and start showing some new growth.
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