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Old 10-23-2010, 05:15 PM   #1 
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Is this fin rot?

I've noticed Crom hasn't been moving around much the past couple days. At first I thought he was just sleeping whenever I happened to look at him, but today I noticed his fins look a little weird..



Housing
What size is your tank? - 2.5 gallon
What temperature is your tank?- around 78F
Does your tank have a filter? no
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

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? betta pellets
How often do you feed your betta fish? 4 pellets/day, (2 morning, 2 night)

Maintenance

How often do you perform a water change? Once/wk
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? maybe 90
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? "complete water conditioner"

Water Parameters:
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?

Haven't tested it, but going to get a kit in a few minutes..

Ammonia:
Nitrite:
Nitrate:
pH:
Hardness:
Alkalinity:

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? Fins as in pic above, color doesn't seem as bright
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? Isn't moving around much or eating much
When did you start noticing the symptoms? yesterday
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? going to get a water test kit, then go from there..
Does your fish have any history of being ill? no
How old is your fish (approximately)? no idea, but I've had him for maybe 8 months..
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Old 10-23-2010, 05:45 PM   #2 
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Make sure you get a good liquid master test kit like this one: http://www.fosterandsmithaquatics.co...54&pcatid=4454

He doesn't look rotty to me, but he definitely looks ill. Crowntail rays are a pretty good indication of over all health and water quality. Getting the water tested is a good first step. I recommend doing 100% changes twice weekly instead of once weekly, if water quality is an issue, this should help. Remember to wash out the substrate and the tank in hot tap water during changes to help remove feces, uneaten food, and ammonia residue. Keep us updated.
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Old 10-24-2010, 11:43 AM   #3 
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tbh it looks more like water quality thats effecting him....7
to me anyways. i could be wrong....

if i were you i would do a full water change, add a very good water conditioner (if you not using top of the range, id try for now) and add appropriate amount of aquarium salt (says on the packaging)
also, id avoid direct bright light on the tank (like a light or sun)
maybe turn up your heater a lil too. maybe to 80 or so. not higher.
he also looks a lil thin.... maybe feed him a pellet more per meal.
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Old 10-24-2010, 10:36 PM   #4 
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I did the ammonia test on his water and it was pretty bad.. so I either didn't put enough of the water conditioner in the last time I changed it, or his rocks were just full of fish poop or something.. dunno. I washed everything this time so we'll see how he does. I also put in some 'betta revive' to try to speed his recovery.
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Old 10-25-2010, 10:55 AM   #5 
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I have a 2.5 gallon, and I have to change the water every 2-3 days! I bet he just needs more fresh water changes.
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Old 10-25-2010, 11:08 AM   #6 
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I did the ammonia test on his water and it was pretty bad.. so I either didn't put enough of the water conditioner in the last time I changed it, or his rocks were just full of fish poop or something.. dunno. I washed everything this time so we'll see how he does. I also put in some 'betta revive' to try to speed his recovery.
Water conditioner (as far as I am aware) does nothing to control ammonia. All it does is remove chlorine and heavy metals from tap water.

It was likely fish poo, and just the normal ammonia that he excretes from his gills every time he breathes. They "exhale" ammonia into the water constantly. This is why it can build up so quickly in smaller, unfiltered/uncycled tanks.

Not sure about using the Betta Revive or not, as I don't know what it is for.

Just do more frequent water changes and keep an eye on him.

Best of luck!
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Old 10-25-2010, 04:35 PM   #7 
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I am not a fan of betta revive--try to keep up with changing the water frequently and he should improve dramatically. Some methylene blue should help him bounce back from ammonia poisoning and help prevent a secondary infection.
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Old 11-02-2010, 04:10 PM   #8 
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Did ur betta get better from water change or u had to treat him?
Just wondering if he was stressed because ot the water ?
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Old 12-16-2010, 07:21 PM   #9 
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Hey guys. I forgot to post an update! After more frequent water changes for a couple weeks and Betta Revive (couldn't find other medicines at local stores, but a tropical fish store owner said it should work) Crom seems like he's feeling back to normal!

His fins aren't growing back yet (if they even will) and his color doesn't seem as bright as it was, but he seems like his old self.
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Old 12-17-2010, 10:34 AM   #10 
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Glad to hear he is doing better.
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