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Old 09-28-2012, 09:51 AM   #1 
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Unhappy betta fin rot

My betta keeps getting holes in his tail fin and it is transparent at the end

He lives in a 6 gallon tank with 50 percent water change every week

is it a good idea to put aquarium salt and stress coat into the tank for fin rot?
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Old 09-28-2012, 10:16 AM   #2 
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Looks like fin-rot to me~

I don't know about mixing AQ salt and stress coat, but try just using the stress coat and increasing the water changes to about 2-3 a week and see if that helps~

However, if it shows no signs of improvement, then use AQ salt only and move him into a smaller tank where daily water changes for 7 days won't be stressful on you.
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Old 09-28-2012, 03:12 PM   #3 
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Thank You for the advice

I'll do 50 percent water changes 3 times a week
and I will try to get some stress coat as soon as i can
which will probably be in about 3 days
but I am not sure my local pet stores will have it
if they don't should i just get some AQ salt and use that
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Old 09-28-2012, 03:15 PM   #4 
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Yes, that will worK :) Just make sure to do water changes every day for 7 days and that should get rid of the fin rot and give your boy's fins a chance to grow back~

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Old 09-28-2012, 03:48 PM   #5 
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i got one more question

should i take him out of the tank when i do the water changes
or should i syphon it with him in
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Old 09-28-2012, 03:58 PM   #6 
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Give your betta a salt bath! Go and get either Epsom salt aquarium salt kosher or iodized salt. This should really help. It heal'd my betta fishes fin rot. Hope this helps!

P.S Only use a teaspoon of salt and leave your fish in there for 5 mins
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Old 09-28-2012, 04:03 PM   #7 
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5 Minutes isn't really enough time for the salt...

And you should tak him out of the tank and give him 100% fresh water with the new treated salt-water
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Old 09-28-2012, 05:07 PM   #8 
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actually it is. if they stay in too long it can burn there fins eyes and gills
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Old 09-28-2012, 08:07 PM   #9 
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actually it is. if they stay in too long it can burn there fins eyes and gills
How much salt are you using and what size is the container? Used correctly, salt will not burn fish. It is a therapeutic treatment to get rid of bad bacteria and help with bloating.

Standard treatment for mild fin rot is 1 tsp. of Aquarium Salt per gallon of water and 100% daily water changes (the same dosage of Aquarium Salt dissolved into the new water) for a maximum of 7 days. Using salt longer than this is not advisable.
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Old 09-28-2012, 08:28 PM   #10 
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if he is eating and active i would recommend try stress coat with frequent water changes first. If you can't find stress coat just water changes. If he will not improve then aquarium salt.

Now i would recommend put him in smaller container or lower the water in your tank and do 100% water changes every other day and if not improvement then aq salt. About 100% water changes i know some people sceptical i do it all the time for my fish i don't cycle i just do 100% water changes. I am going to post two links for you so you can see check it out. First link you will see skinny sick malnutritioned betta that became a beauty with 100% water changes and second link some one treated betta with aq salt and daily water changes and stress coat
See page 1 page 43#422 page 42 and page 52 it all the same fish.
www.bettafish.com/showthread.php?t=108151
www.bettafish.com/showthread.php?t=113927

Also are you cycling your 6 gall. Do you have a filter? Make sure you swish/wash it regularly and vacuum the gravel regularly. And i would say if your fish got fin rot then something is wrong and i would increase water changes for life or just do 50% and 100% water changes .

Also with aquarium salt you really need to do 10 days. Aquarium salt dosage 1tsp/gall up to 3 tsp/gall with daily 100% water changes. Make sure you dissolve it first DO NOT ADD it directly to the tank.
When you change 100% make sure you acclimate your betta by adding a little bit of new water to his changing cup with original water and do it for a few 2-3,4 times and let him get used to 5 min each time when you add new water.
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