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Old 07-17-2012, 04:38 PM   #1 
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Exclamation Fin rot??

I THINK my betta has fin rot, can't tell. He has no red spots or marks, and his fins are slowly dissapearing and the parts the dispensary are becoming brown.
I don't know my nitrites or nitrates but my ammonia is a little high (>.05). Temperature is about 85. Here is a video because that's the best I could get, he won't stay still for any good pictures.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HmIba...ature=youtu.be
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Old 07-17-2012, 04:46 PM   #2 
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yeah he doesn't look right but he's sure acting alright. Hmmm. I would QT him (I see you have him in a divided tank) and watch his neighbor closely for signs of rot. Could you fill this out to the best of your abilities? it'll help us see what we're dealing with.
Housing
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 07-17-2012, 04:52 PM   #3 
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Housing
What size is your tank? 5 gallon/divided
What temperature is your tank? abotu 85
Does your tank have a filter? Yes, Aquatech 5-15 powerfilter
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? Filter rmakes bubbles..
Is your tank heated? No, warm enough
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? One platy who is on the other side, waiting for a new home.

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Top Fin color enchancing pellets
How often do you feed your betta fish? Three-five pellets a day, three in morning two at night.

Maintenance
How often do you perform a water change? Ever other day until my ammonia goes down.
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? About a gallon and a half, so like 20%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Water Conditioner and Bacteria Supplement by Top Fin

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

Ammonia: > .05
Nitrite:
Nitrate:
pH:
Hardness:
Alkalinity:

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? His fins are getting smaller, tips are brown.
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? Hasn't
When did you start noticing the symptoms? A few days ago, I've had him for nine days.
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? No, need to buy aquarium salt or whatever you guys recommend (?)
Does your fish have any history of being ill? Not that I know of, but my platies had internal parasites in the same tank but he seemed un-affected and my betta and platies were treated with garlic.
How old is your fish (approximately)? Not sure
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Old 07-17-2012, 05:26 PM   #4 
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Alright yup I would get some aq salt (which I see you are planning on) and you might as well grab some stress coat. Both will help treat finrot and heal fins. You might want to do 2 gallons when you change water just until the platty goes to his new home. Outside of that everything sounds good.
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Old 07-17-2012, 06:44 PM   #5 
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The extra salt and stress coat left in the other three gallons won't hurt? And the salt and stress coat wont harm the platy?
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Old 07-17-2012, 07:22 PM   #6 
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I would remove him that would be easiest, but I dont think it will harm the platy. ( I could be horribly off there, if so I hope someone else posts on here saying so). It's more of a natural cure approach to fin rot.
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Old 07-19-2012, 12:24 AM   #7 
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I'm actually starting to think he's healing himself, each day his fins look better and now the tips are white which means new growth(?)
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Old 07-19-2012, 09:07 AM   #8 
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yeah, their a white clearish at the ends. Thats good to hear!
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Old 07-19-2012, 12:29 PM   #9 
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I just saw this blue crowntail at Petsmart with a horrible case of finrot. The bottom of his cup was full of dead fin material. He was lethargic and kind of on his side, not moving much. I feel horrible for having left him there. ARGH! Anyway is aq salt necessary to treat fin rot or will stress coat and water changes do?
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Old 07-19-2012, 12:54 PM   #10 
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I just saw this blue crowntail at Petsmart with a horrible case of finrot. The bottom of his cup was full of dead fin material. He was lethargic and kind of on his side, not moving much. I feel horrible for having left him there. ARGH! Anyway is aq salt necessary to treat fin rot or will stress coat and water changes do?
If you ever see this again, take pix while your there, and talk to the Manager immediately..That is unacceptable I hate seeing that..I wish I could add some AQ salt to all those lil cups..maybe it would help..
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