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Old 06-24-2012, 04:55 PM   #11 
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He hasn't lost any tail, as far as we can tell. It's black because the majority of is fin is clear, with a thin black trimming around it, so all you can see is the black parts.
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Old 06-24-2012, 04:57 PM   #12 
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aquarium salt is you choice.i use it but rarely.especially with my girl.i only use it in sign of stress.even then i use very little.for now i would just stick with what you are doing since it is working.

ill try to see if any of the ones i know who could help is on rite now.1 person is Oldfishlady..i know there are others.but ive seen her post and havent seen the other pros yet.oh well i know omeone ele who might be able to help.ill see if he is on.
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Old 06-24-2012, 04:58 PM   #13 
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doesnt really sound like fin rot to me.if it was.he would be missing and loosing some of his fin.like its dissolving away.
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Old 06-24-2012, 04:59 PM   #14 
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Yeah, that's what I thought! I think he may have gotten it all twisted and now he's in pain. But I just can't know for sure!
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Old 06-24-2012, 05:10 PM   #15 
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i just read on another site.this is what the post was and what someone said about it..

"My betta seems to look like
his fins are all black and
shriveled...help, what the
heck is this and what do I do? "

the response to it is

"check the water parameters.
start changing water
the burns are what happens when the ammonia/nitrites spike. it is
healing of the burns. the burns happened a few days ago. "

but i seen someone post below it and say it happened to a group of fish that didnt have bad water perimeters.now that i think about it.my fish had the samething.it was from ammonia.i would do a 25% water change
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Old 06-24-2012, 05:11 PM   #16 
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But we did a complete 100% water change just yesterday! I'm not sure... We can try, but we're not exactly sure how to do that. Do we remove the fish from the tank, then take out the 20% and add it fresh, then wait a half hour to put him back in?
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Old 06-24-2012, 05:14 PM   #17 
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Can you fill this out:
It would help us to see if there's any Problem with his Tank.
Hope he gets better.
http://www.bettafish.com/showthread.php?t=49233
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Old 06-24-2012, 05:22 PM   #18 
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I am in the process of treating for mild case of fin rot, and that closed up, like glued together tail, and it's from being confined to a small space with no swim room, as I was treating our lil guy..he opened his fins, I have been using AQ salt, and it's made a major improvement..look at the pix in my album, of Sapphire my rescue!! and you can easily see the color coming out, and his fins are opening up:) So I think that might be what your lil fishy needs a hospital tank with 3-4 days or AQ salt treatment.
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Old 06-24-2012, 05:22 PM   #19 
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Housing
What size is your tank? 3 Gallons
What temperature is your tank? Not sure, but it should be around 74F right now.
Does your tank have a filter? Yes.
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? Not that I know of.
Is your tank heated? No.
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? None at the moment.

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Pellets, but we've switched to live blood worms.
How often do you feed your betta fish? Twice a day, around every 12 hours we feed them up to 3 worms.

Maintenance
How often do you perform a water change? Once a week on the 3 gallon.
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 100%.
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Something called API Stress Coat +

Water Parameters:
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
We only have a PH tester.
Ammonia: N/A
Nitrite: N/A
Nitrate:N/A
pH: 7.4
Hardness: N/A
Alkalinity: N/A

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? His tail has twisted up and now there is a film around it. There has been no fin loss as far as we can tell. Please check the pictures.
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? He lost his appetite and mopes. He used to be incredibly active.
When did you start noticing the symptoms? 4 days ago.
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? Yesterday. We got him some anti-bacterial stuff called MELAFIX.
Does your fish have any history of being ill? No, we just got him.
How old is your fish (approximately)? No idea, the pet store doesn't know either.
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Old 06-24-2012, 05:24 PM   #20 
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Okay, thank you so much! We have a hospital tank that just became out of use since our patient died [He was already too far gone when we got him from a friend, though..] And we'll try that. Can we get AQ salts at Walmart? Also, how big would you suggest a hospital tank to be?
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