Originally Posted by sainthogan
clean, warm water is the best for fin rot. Medications may help if it's infected or progressing to body rot. You will need to keep his tank closer to 78 or higher though. And temperature fluctuations can extremely stressful. So he is going to need a heater that doesn't fluctuate (adjustable heaters are best) to keep the water warmer and consistent. 74 is too cold for optimum healing.
It also sounds like he has a fungus in addition to the fin rot, the medication will help with that, although I'm not sure if the one you are using is for external illnesses or not, so double check that.
You don't need to worry about the filter, Bettas breathe air from the surface, so make sure he has access to the surface of the tank so he can breathe.
thank you, sainthogan! it's good to know all of this. from what i've read, from appearance, fin rot progressing to body is when almost all the tail/fin is gone. i forgot to say there's parts of his tail where it looks "ripped" or split. one of the split parts of th tail is sort of close to the body. i did the water change with aqsalt and, lo and behold, the white fuzz appearance on his tail dissapeared as well as the fuzzyness on his body. could the fuzz on his body be the fungus instead? i'm afraid the fungus may also still be present. he body looks thin so i'm hoping there's nothing internal. i'm just trying to feed him well.
i'll raise the temp to 78. i read in a different forum from someone that 80 is too warm because it encourages bacteria to spread.
they adviced 76- 78, so i'll just try putting it at 78.
the heater is adjustable. i'll monitor the temp. i live in california and where i live the outside temp changes from coldish to warmish during morning to later in the day... and later temps drop again at night. so, i'll try and monitor the temp as night approaches.
maracyn 1 pack says it treats columnaris, fin/tail rot, and other diseases. popeye was one of them. idk, haha. :( i read maracyn 2 treats any secondary conditions that can result from the bacterial rot, but i'd have to use both maracyn 2 with 1. i wish i had more knowledge, lol!!
if the fuzzy appearance is gone, could the fungus still be there even if i don't see it? i'm guessing i'd need maracyn 2 with 1 to treat fungus from fin rot? i'm uncertain if maracyn 1 alone is good for external fungus. or if he's still at the stage to need tobe treated with medicine or not. so maybe just keep doing water changes for 2 weeks with the right conditions. maybe i won't use the medicine...... ? could clean water take care of fungus alone? if not maybe i'll treat with maracyn 1 and 2? hahaha
wow, i probably am driving you crazy with all of this. this is long. am thankful