Originally Posted by mbenton89
ok makes sense i am going to be ordering some ASAP lol right now i am medicating with Epsom salt trying to treat what i believe is fin rot. fiky95 u say you have a tail biter? i have always believed that my betta has the same problem but my girlfriend doesn't believe me. have you witnessed tail biting before? thank you alll for raving about the IAL haha def convinced me its the way to go.
Do you have some pictures you could share of him? That'd be the easiest way to tell :) Do the edges seem discolored or are there literally just chunks missing?
Yes, unfortunately, I do! It's pretty rare that you actually catch them biting, but if you do, it looks like this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X1n0T2gP3_Y
Epsom salt is not really going to help with fin rot, I don't think :( It's apparently great against bloating, but Aquarium salt is usually the way to go with fin rot.
Biting can proceed into fin rot easily tho, so you might be right either way. The first thing to do would be lots of warm, clean water (i.e. increasing water changes depending on the size of your tank). I keep mine at 82°F/28°C, because I find it really speeds up the healing process.:)
The leaves are GREAT in these "recovery" cases, especially if it is biting.:) I'll see how I get on with my little tail biter (he hasn't bitten himself in a few weeks!) and I'll definitely post something about it! :) I don't want to act like "a know it all" before I'm 100% sure that what I'm doing is right.:)
Btw: I'm not sure where you are from, but in case you are dealing with some serious fin rot that doesn't want to go away, I recommend Sera Baktopur Direct, that thing is a beast against pretty much anything bacterial! But that's seriously the LAST step to take.
Jeez, I need to stop talking, really! xD
Good luck! :) xxx