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Old 07-06-2012, 10:24 PM   #1 
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My Betta Has Fin Rot!

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I had a beta a year ago in a tank with three other fish (platys). Turns out one platy was sick and after 2 days away I came home to three dead fish. My beta looked like it was ripped to shreds so I assumed it was fin rot. I cleaned the tank out extensively (it was a baby bio orb) and left it unused for a 11 months.

In April or March of this year I got a new beta. When I put him in the tank I noticed a day or two later his fins were starting to develop fin rot (small whole, few frays in fins) I immediately took him out and put him in a 1 gallon bowl. (I know a bowl is not ideal but I needed him out of that tank). He recovered quite nicely until a few days ago.

He now has fin rot again. I sterilized the bowl (no soaps just heat) and changed the water and he now has some clear "stuff" on his fins which I believe is re-growth. Since his tail was pretty far gone I decided to give him one does of bettafix in case his fin rot was severe. I put the bettafix in about 30 mins ago, but due to all of the horror stories I read about it (even though I read a ton of great thighs too) I'm now so scared. He is swimming around fine, has come up to the surface a few times but he isn't staying at the surface by any means. Is it possible he is gasping for air or am I just being paranoid? Any help would be greatly appreciated, I do not want this fish to go the way of the last.

Also...is it possible that the tank could have given it to him and will I ever be able to use it again? I would love for him to have more space but not at the risk of his health.

He is also a little jumpy lately...he just darted away as I tried to take a photo and he moves away when he sees my hands...

Sorry for the millions of questions
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Old 07-07-2012, 09:53 AM   #2 
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Tanks do not carry fin rot If you are worried about the tank, clean it. I use Vinegar and hot water, half and half, and scrub the tank with a clean cloth. I do the same with gravel, ornaments... Then I rinse extremely well a few times.

As for the rot... How often do you clean the tank? Was size of tank? How much do you change?
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Old 07-07-2012, 10:15 AM   #3 
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Thanks for the advice on cleaning the tank. Previously I was only using really hot water and letting it dry in the sun. Is it possible that fin rot can live in rocks? I have ceramic media rocks in my tank. It was a 4 gallon tank and I changed the water every two weeks. Currently in the 1 gallon bowl I clean the water every 2 days.
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Old 07-07-2012, 10:23 AM   #4 
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I clean all my tanks every week Asides from the 1-2 gallons which were minimum twice a week, but usually more.

It's really just bacteria that resides in anything. Plants, decor, rocks, etc. Usually if a fish is sick I like to clean it out, just to make sure

When the platys died, they fouled the water. That's usually how it happens... Also take in mind if a betta is stressed, he may tail bite - which sometimes can be confused as fin rot.
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