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Old 06-24-2010, 06:27 PM   #11 
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Not Epsom salt, aquarium salt
You never know what these fish can do...they love to keep us on our toes......
What kind of substrate? sometimes just dragging their tail on substrate can cause that and then the bacteria in the substrate can cause an infection...just tossing out more idea to think about
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Old 06-24-2010, 06:33 PM   #12 
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Oldfishlady epsom salt is the same as aquarium salt.
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Old 06-24-2010, 06:38 PM   #13 
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Substrate is black sand. I really do think he may have caught it up in the filter and when he swam away it tore. And now perhaps a little bit of fin rot set in. Think I should try daily water changes first, and then if it doesn't look better in a couple days try aquarium salt?

Alienbetta1, epsom salt is not the same as aquarium salt. Epsom salt is used for constipation such as swim bladder disease. You may be thinking of pure kosher salt which is similiar to aquarium salt.
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Old 06-24-2010, 06:43 PM   #15 
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Oldfishlady epsom salt is the same as aquarium salt.
Epsom salt-Magnesium Sulfate
Aquarium salt-Sodium Chloride

Two different salts two different actions with some same actions

One is safe enough to drink (ES) and one can kill you(AS)
One is plant safe and often used as plant food(ES) and one can kill some plants(AS)
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Old 06-24-2010, 06:47 PM   #16 
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In mild cases of fin rot, just more frequent water changes can be effective, however, in advanced cases the sooner the treatment the better the out come IME
Try just 50% water changes for 2-3 days and if it looks better or not worse stay with it for a couple of more days, if not I would QT and treat.
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O'm not sure if this is an advanced stage or not. I've never dealt with it before. What do I look for? Shorter tail? More gray?
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If it starts looking really fuzzy, the fin is receding, and the fish is lethargic, I would treat him. For now it doesn't look that bad to me, and you haven't mentioned any changes in behavior or activity level--I would give him a chance to heal on his own. Consistently warm temps, clean water, and high quality high protein foods should help him heal.
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So his tail seems to get better then worse. Here is what it looks like now. The white tip seemedd to have cleared but when I came home today, it was very frayed. I've never seen him tail biting, but I see him for maybe an hour a day and only here and there as I pass his tank. I'm still inclined to think he is getting it caught in the filter. He swims by it a lot. Would could this possibly be?? Can someone help? Should I continie with salt as well?
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