Originally Posted by ANHEL123
Then i don't even know what to think. She got four betta and only this one has problem then it not ph. He had problem from beginning. I found that girl on yahooanswers and was trying to help her. I am talking to her for 10 days already. Before i knew her she treated him with 3 different kind of medications. He also had hole in his head. Yes i saw the pictures. He had mild fin rot, he was a little lethargic. Not he is acting a lot of better and his tail was fine 2 days ago. She finished 10 days of the salt (3tsp/gall) with daily water changes. He had IAL for 4 days in his tank. She sent me his pictures today and it look so different from that he had 2 days ago. Look like they are frayed. I have no idea what else to recommend to her. We can't medicate him again .
I did spoke to Sakura8 just didn't want to bother her again....She said that if bettas from Thailand they might have difficulties to adjust to high ph, since Thailand water is very soft 6.0 ph. So that is why i think may be this guy is super sensitive. There is nothing else to do for him . We can over medicate him again, no salt since he just had it. So i was thinking either try to lower ph or i am thinking now Epsom salt. I do know that Epsom for internal problems but it also antibacterial .But i don't think it will help...
I usually don't nit pick...but this girl has a fish with a hole in its head and she's worried about the fin rot? Shouldn't we be more worried about the whole in his head? Also, if the fish can survive a hole in his head, he can survive tattered fins. I wouldn't use anymore medications unless the fin rot is progressing towards it's body. If it's still localized by the tip of the tail, you should be good with clean water and time. (I'm just guessing it's at the tip since that's the most common spot)
Just as a side note, I am not anti-medications. I am suggesting clean water because it is just fin rot. Fin rot does not need 3 different medications in 10 days. So I am not against 3 different medications for the treatment of a problem. I am simply advising you don't use 3 medications in 10 days when it is not needed. Also, I'm pretty sure that each medication needs about a week to work. Changing a medication before it has had time to work just waste money and stresses the fish.
As for the pH questions...
Don't adjust the pH. Water can be hard (resistent to pH changes) or soft (easy to pH). The more natural pH buffers a water source has, the harder the water. When adjusting pH the natural buffers in the water will try to reset the water to it's natural pH. At first you will see the pH you want, but the chemicals will run there course and the pH will be right back at 8. If my water is at a pH of 7.6 with my hardness, the girl must have even harder water for a natural pH of 8.0. A steady pH of 8.0 is healthier than all the water parameter changes the fish has been through to date.