Originally Posted by JD3P
Thanks for your help. I was thinking about getting fungus tablets as a last resort because it now looks as if there is white cotton on part of the tail. (The part that is slowly receding into his body). Not sure if they would really do anything.
Its not a fungus if its cottony...try flexibacter or columnaris on google and see if it looks like that, instead.
I have a question though...
he's been in the same 10 gallon now for months...while he's had this fin rot. There is also a snail in the tank with him, which I was going to remove and put into my other tank with my other betta...will she get infected if I do this? Probably not?
I also have been debating whether or not to just take his tank apart and throw away the sand...I have nothing but live plants in there and I'm not sure if I should place them in another tank after cleaning them or just throw them out...I'm also assuming I need to replace the filter cartridge and let it re-cycle before placing another fish in the tank (assuming I don't tear it down). I've never dealt with this before so I want to make sure I'm not infecting any other fish I have or any future fish.
He'll be okay, dont worry, you wont need to do this.
Please, lower that water temp! Ah! Thats not helping, not at all. Lower to 75-76' to discourage bacterial growth. Add 2 tsp/gallon of AQ salt to that QT, with 100% changes each day and a redose each day, with proper acclimation. keep the tank bare bottom and with minimal decor. Rinse the tank's decor each day.
If you have it, Indian almond leaves will help, too, when steeped in the water. Try, too, if you cant get that, **decaf green tea, steeped in warm old tank water and then reintroduced. Tannins will help heal.
Can we get a picture, please? Especially of the growth? You can probably fix this with a simple round of meds, tailored to the type of bacteria thats eating his tail. C: Contact OFL, too, for meds, etc. But a pic will help us and her, so do what you can either for a pic or for googled references of similar cases..