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Old 12-13-2012, 03:51 PM   #1 
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fin rot and clean water?!

umm... fin rot... again... I don't know why!

King Dedede's got fin rot once again! I've been trying AQ salt for the last 3 days, but nothing is working! I noticed his tail has been "sliced" into 2 parts. the water is also clean... I can't figure out what's happening and the fin rot is slowly becoming severe! I'll add some pictures later, but for now, can someone just please help?
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A split is either from mishandling, or an injury on a plant. If the edges are bitten out, it would be him biting but a split is caused by something.
It's not fin rot .. yet. Fin rot develops overtime in dirty water after a split or bite. It should heal itself just keep the water nice, clean and warm.
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A split is either from mishandling, or an injury on a plant. If the edges are bitten out, it would be him biting but a split is caused by something.
It's not fin rot .. yet. Fin rot develops overtime in dirty water after a split or bite. It should heal itself just keep the water nice, clean and warm.
but the tips of his tail are black! doesn't that mean fin rot?? (also, I have no plants)
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It's hard to say without pictures. How often have you been changing the water since you noticed the problem?
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Old 12-13-2012, 04:07 PM   #5 
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It's hard to say without pictures. How often have you been changing the water since you noticed the problem?
I only changed the water for AQ salt
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If the edges are black, he's got finrot probably. This is not a new problem though, chronic water conditions led to this. The sliced sections can certainly succumb to infection, meanwhile, you will NEED a heater to warm his water to the required temperature.
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If the edges are black, he's got finrot probably. This is not a new problem though, chronic water conditions led to this. The sliced sections can certainly succumb to infection, meanwhile, you will NEED a heater to warm his water to the required temperature.
I use a light to heat the tank. I can't get a heater right now. also, what do the words chronic and succumb mean? and what's the required temp??
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Chronic means long term.
Succumb means that the slice in the tail will eventually get rot unless you tackle it more aggressively:
Get a thermometer (since you can't get a heater) and try to get the water to stay at a constant 78-80F on the thermometer. The problem with heating it with a lamp is that when you turn off the lamp, the water gets cold again therefore the water is not stable enough to keep him healthy.
Unfortunately when something like this happens to their tails all we can do is keep the water clean and warm. Since you cannot go get aggressive medications which will knock out his black-edged rot, you will have to just make him as comfortable as you can.
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Old 12-13-2012, 06:02 PM   #9 
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Chronic means long term.
Succumb means that the slice in the tail will eventually get rot unless you tackle it more aggressively:
Get a thermometer (since you can't get a heater) and try to get the water to stay at a constant 78-80F on the thermometer. The problem with heating it with a lamp is that when you turn off the lamp, the water gets cold again therefore the water is not stable enough to keep him healthy.
Unfortunately when something like this happens to their tails all we can do is keep the water clean and warm. Since you cannot go get aggressive medications which will knock out his black-edged rot, you will have to just make him as comfortable as you can.
okay. I DO have a thermometer. now... saying I'll have to make my betta comfortable... how do I do that?
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so.... um.... how DO I make my betta comfortable??
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