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Old 07-27-2012, 01:26 PM   #1 
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Betta tail torn!

So my male royal blue halfmoon has a torn tail and I'm not entirely sure how long it'll take for it to heal. It was the water quality he had in his half gallon tank but since then, he is now in a 3 gallon tank with a peace lily in there. He rests on the roots.

I know his tail won't be as beautiful as before but I'm not worried about that. I just want it to heal up to its original shape.



PS My camera is really crap so the pic is blurry.
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Old 07-27-2012, 02:41 PM   #2 
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That looks like fin rot. I would get him some meds right away.
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Old 07-27-2012, 03:17 PM   #3 
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What kind of meds am I looking at? Like what should I buy?
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Old 07-27-2012, 03:21 PM   #4 
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anything that says that it cures "fin rot"
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I'll have to buy some online. I'm testing out the water temperature as well since I don't have a heater in the tank.
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Old 07-27-2012, 03:36 PM   #6 
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I would bump that up to 80 F I fyou want you can start a aq salt and stress coat treatment. it wont be as fast but it will slowly cure fin rot
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Old 07-27-2012, 03:43 PM   #7 
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I have a digital thermometer with a probe and put it in the water. The temperature reading is almost 82 degrees. It's generally warm in my room but I'm keep the probe in to see if anything changes.

I'm looking at stress coat and aq salt. When I read what aquarium salt is, it said sodium chloride which is regular table salt. I don't fully understand. I refuse to use table salt but I'm having financial problems right now. Can you explain as simple as you can what aquarium salt is made of?
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Old 07-27-2012, 04:08 PM   #8 
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its salt from evaporated sea water (rock salt) and it does help your fish. I wouldn't use table salt either but this I trust and have used multiple times. As long as you don't dose for more than ten days your fin.

82 degrees is perfect.
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Thanks. Once I talk to my dad about getting aquarium salt, I'll dose my betta. Aside from the fin rot, he doesn't seem at all bothered by much. He's active, swims, eats, and watches me when I walk in front of the tank.

It's one of those 3-gallon critter keepers since I don't have the money to get a tank with a filter and my parents have to pay for me to go to college with money from their own pocket. He doesn't seem to mind the 3 gallon and is happy to have more swimming room. There's also a live plant in there. It's a peace lily and he seems to like the roots as a resting place.
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nice! I have a few critter keepers around here for my fish too. They make good tanks
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