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Old 12-16-2012, 08:02 PM   #1 
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Fin rot?

My betta's fins look abnormal. There is black spots, white tips, and wrinkled fins. I'm not sure what to do, treat the water with conditioner and medicine or quarantine him. Please help.

Ps. I would show a picture but I'm not sure how :(.

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Old 12-16-2012, 08:06 PM   #2 
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You should also be adding conditioner to the water no matter what.. Photos would be helpful, as would filling this out: http://www.bettafish.com/showthread.php?t=49233
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Old 12-16-2012, 08:21 PM   #3 
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Housing
What size is your tank?
4.5 gallons
What temperature is your tank?
78-80 degrees, it's heated so it doesn't go any lower
Does your tank have a filter?
Yes
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration?
No
Is your tank heated?
yes
What tank mates does your betta fish live with?
None
Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish?
betta Bio-gold
How often do you feed your betta fish?
5 pellets, 3 times a day

Maintenance
How often do you perform a water change?
I've neglected to do a 25% change for a month.
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change?
25%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change?
API betta watter conditioner
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?
His fins tips are white, black spots, and wrinkled fins
How has your betta fish's behavior changed?
Not much, he still swims around
When did you start noticing the symptoms?
within the last two weeks
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how?
I just recently bough BettaFix, and I bought a new conditioner
Does your fish have any history of being ill?
No
How old is your fish (approximately)?
I bought him as a baby back in June. So I'm guessing he's about 7 months.
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Old 12-16-2012, 08:40 PM   #5 
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Yes, I'm aware of adding conditioner to water when doing changes. My question was should I add more conditioner, or take him out into a clean bowl, and stabilize his main tank then put him back.
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Old 12-16-2012, 11:01 PM   #6 
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First thing I notice is you're overfeeding him. He should be getting between 3-4 a day, with one fast day a week. Also that's a wheat based pellet. They used to be really good but they changed their formula and now they tend to cause internal issues. I would try to find Omega One (feed same rate) or NLS Betta and you can feed like 5-8 of those. When was the last time he pooped and what did it look like?

Your fish is clamped, which is a sign of stress. Either there's a problem with the water or he's sick.. I do see a little fin rot.

In a tank that size he should be getting 50% weekly.. there's probably a big problem with water quality. You need to get your water tested. Do you have a drops kit for ammonia nitrite and nitrate? I imagine at this point you will need to do a series of several 25-50% water changes over the next week to get things up to par.

If you're looking for a different conditioner Prime and NovAqua Plus are the only ones that might help with ammonia/broken cycle water problems.

Adding more conditioner won't help. It would be a good idea to quarantine him if you can keep him warm, but if you can't then I wouldn't move him. I also wouldn't use bettafix. If there are no live plants, I would treat with aquarium salt at 1 tsp per gallon. I'd also give him a couple days without food and monitor his poop during that time. You may need to switch to epsom salts but the aq would be good for the fin rot.
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Old 12-16-2012, 11:47 PM   #7 
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I appreciate your information, and I haven't seen his excrement, I'll monitor that and lay off feeding him. I'm afraid to say my neglect to change the water is most likely the reason for my Betta's condition. And I do not have live plants, I considered it but I heard if the tank isn't big enough the plants will give off too much bacteria for my fish. I really appreciate your help and I will follow these great steps.

Oh and one quick question, would I need to remove my carbon filter while using any of these? The conditioner or the salt? I know for certain medications you do need to remove it.

Thank you so much!

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