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Old 06-16-2012, 04:52 PM   #1 
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soaking pellets, advanced fin rot treatment correct dosage?

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went away for the weekend last week, came back to a fish with advanced fin rot, last resort, need to know what dosage for soaking pellets, have tried everything else, just keeps getting worse!
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Old 06-16-2012, 05:33 PM   #2 
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please, anybody, the fish is not in a good way, he needs treating ASAP :(
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Old 06-16-2012, 06:38 PM   #3 
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If you feel like its a last resort then do PP baths. If he's not to weak.

Other option is surgery if it didn't hit the body around the gills.

Both are risky but if he survives he wont have no finrot anymore.

Pallets are not really a last resort, sorry but I don't know the dosage..
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Old 06-16-2012, 08:56 PM   #4 
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wha? o.O
surgery on a fin rot fish?

I think espom salts/100% water change will do you just fine

what pellets are you speaking of? I'm a tad confused here.
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Old 06-17-2012, 02:02 AM   #5 
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He said last resort, just saying that is the last option.
If it's bad enough and advancing fast and resistant to antibiotics so yeah, there is 2 types of surgery that can be done.

Can you add a picture?
From your post the fish is dying, but now that I'm abit more awake I see its something from the weekend, unless he lost like half his tail in 2-3 days don't do what I said in the first post.

Isn't AQ salt better for finrot tho?(never tried espom for it myself so asking for my own knowledge :D)
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Old 06-17-2012, 02:14 AM   #6 
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1) I would not suggest cutting off any part of a bettas fins - they are too small and its too risky nor would I suggest potassium pomagranite. Its pretty potent stuff and usually not easy to fins anyways - especially since it is not clear, what, exactly the opening poster is asking about.

2) what pellets are you talking about? Normally aquarium salt and daily water changes is recommended for fin rot

3) are you SURE he is not tail bitting? If large chunks go missing in like an hour, he is most likely nibbling on his fins - even if you never see him doing it.

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Yup, aquarium salt is for fin rot, epsom is for stuff like bloating, swim bladder disease, internal parasites....stuff on the inside so to speak
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Old 06-17-2012, 02:19 AM   #7 
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It would help if you filled this out since your post is way to vague for a diagnosis:

However if the only symptom is rapidly missing fins, he may be bitting them off which can be confused with fin rot. If large chunks go missing in an hour or overnight - it's possible it is him bitting them off due to stress, anger, boredom or just because he can. I have several cronic bitters myself >.<

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What size is your tank?
What temperature is your tank?
Does your tank have a filter?
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration?
Is your tank heated?
What tank mates does your betta fish live with?

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish?
How often do you feed your betta fish?

Maintenance

How often do you perform a water change?
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change?
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change?


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

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

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed?
How has your betta fish's behavior changed?
When did you start noticing the symptoms?
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how?
Does your fish have any history of being ill?
How old is your fish (approximately)?

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Old 06-17-2012, 03:05 AM   #8 
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As I said in the second post, I wouldn't do that either unless it's really last resort.

The only time I would do that its if he's got fast advancing finrot that is antibiotic resistent.. There is one more type of surgery tho for finrot that does not involve cutting but still as risky.

Anyway a picture would help determine what he's got..
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Old 06-17-2012, 08:31 AM   #9 
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Housing
What size is your tank? His usual tank is a 2.5gal, however he is currently in a 5gal
What temperature is your tank? 80 degrees
Does your tank have a filter? yes
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? only the filter which is a very calm flow
Is your tank heated? yes
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? He lives alone

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? sinking pellets
How often do you feed your betta fish? twice a day-morning and night

Maintenance
How often do you perform a water change? 1 50% weekly-1 25% if the parameters are not good, although usually I stick to the 1 50% weekly (dont usually have a problem with the parameters)
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?
stress zyme, tap water conditioner

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

Ammonia: 0ppm
Nitrite: 0ppm
Nitrate: 0ppm
pH: 7.2
Hardness: unknown (don't have a test for that)
Alkalinity: unknown

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? He has large rips in his tail, anal and dorsal fins, and his ventrals are have red streaks down them
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? he is lethargic, doesn't swim very much, but is thankfully still eating!
When did you start noticing the symptoms? 1 week ago
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? I have tried aquarium salt and 75% water changes daily, no change.
Does your fish have any history of being ill? no
How old is your fish (approximately)?
5.5months

I am pretty sure it is advanced fin rot, as I dont believe he is big/flexible enough to bite his dorsal fin. The fish food I am feeding him is sinking catfood pellets, as I am waiting for my local petstore to get some betta food in!

I will add a picture as soon as possible.
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Old 06-17-2012, 11:38 AM   #10 
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Your feeding your fish cat food?
If you do not have betta food I think he is better off not eating than eating something not made for him.
I've seen bettas nip off just about their whole dorsal fin. So it is possible for him to nip at his dorsal.
Also, there will not be overnight changes with the AQ salt. You need to give him time to recover.

TYVM Tikibirds for clearing up the confusion. I was a tad tired last night and mixed up the salts. it is AQ salt
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