Originally Posted by lilyrazen
His fins got a little worse today, and he was hiding by the filter.
So I decided to give Vilkas an Epsom salt bath for what I think may be SBD and fin rot. I figure the warm water would help with his torn fins and fin rot.
He started FREAKING out, and didn't stop until I transitioned him back into his tank.
At this point, the grey coloring is getting darker and I'm thinking it may be really bad fin rot.
Any ideas on what to do, if he won't sit through baths and I don't have money for medicine?
I have never used grocery store purchased salt on my bettas, I have always used API aquarium salt. It is possible to find 100% salt at the grocery store without iodine
and other things like anti caking agents etc. that are safe for your fish. I personally don't know what to look for.
I remember someone saying ice cream salt is safe, rock salt may be safe too. I would get other people's opinions on what is safe 100% before buying some and using it on your betta.... but you can find safe salt at the grocery store. Kosher salt MAY
be one of them but I don't remember!!!!!! So please please get second opinions on what salts are safe.
Another thing I noticed on your post is that you said you thought the warm water would help..... Make sure you use water as close to the temperature to the water he is in. Going from one temperature to water to another temperature can shock them. The stress can lower their immune system. Remember our body temperature is 98.6 so if it feels warm to us it is most likely too warm for our buddies. If you have an instant read thermometer for cooking you can test the temperature of the water from the tap and get it kinda close to his tank temp.
For swim bladder cut down or stop feeding him for a day or so see if it gets better.
If it is mild fin rot clean, conditioned water will help it a little. Again make sure it is as close to the same temperature as possible. finding salt that is safe, and doing the 1 teaspoon of salt per gallon of water for 10 days will help him heal his fins. I don't know offhand how many water changes for you would be recommended.
** Flowerslegacy and others said the same thing as me in a lot of cases sorry for repeating some of thie same in my post