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Old 09-11-2012, 10:51 AM   #1 
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Aquarium salt

My betta's tail looks like he has either fin rot or he is biting his tail. How much Aquarium salt do I use in his tank to make him better? Please help.
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Fin rot is a condition that, overtime, literally rots the tail. It is caused by extensive periods in dirty water, either on its own or after a fight or chewing. But the edges are black or red and look like they're slowly deteriorating.
When a betta noms its tail, little chunks are taken out. Giving it a ragged, split look.

Clean water and indian almond leaves should clear up a chewed tail. To help the condition, add more plants or toys to the tank to give them something to do. A lot of the time it is caused by boredom, stress. Oftentimes a betta with a heavy tail (rosetail, halfmoons etc) will bite to lighten the load.

If it is, in fact, fin rot I would suggest a small dose of aquarium salt. 1tsp per gallon. For a MAXIMUM of 10 days.
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Thanks for the quick answer. The ends of his tail just look chewed on. He is a OHM and has (had )really long beautiful tail fins. I don't think it's rot because the ends aren't black.
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You're welcome!
SO my guess would be he's chewing it because they're heavy. If you have a filter running, is it creating ANY current in the water?
Is it the fish in your avatar?? He's so pretty!
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I have a a filter running, but I have baffled it. Not much current in the tank. He is in a 10 gallon aquarium with a mystery snail. I've put some driftwood and several plants in with him hoping he will be happy and stop tearing up his beautiful tail. No this isn't my avatar he is another one I have. The avatar is Sky and this one with the problem is Black Rain. I bought Black Rain off of Aquabid. He is doing well other than the tail biting.
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Old 09-11-2012, 12:41 PM   #6 
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I'm sorry that was very rude of me. Thank you for saying my avatar is beautiful. He was a Petsmart find. His name is Sky.
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Haha that's okay!! He is lovely. I'm sure Rain is too :) Love to see pics, chewed tail or no.
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I'll get some pics of him tonight and post them.
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Old 09-18-2012, 08:29 AM   #10 
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This is Black Rain. I'll be glad when his fins heal and all his color comes back.
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