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Old 05-11-2013, 11:16 AM   #1 
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Fin rot treatment?????

So I've had my betta for two weeks now and I even checked all the plants in my tank with pantyhose but still my crazy fish as found a way to rip a little of his fin. And it is starting to discolor so I looked up fin rot and that's what is seems to be, and I'm not really sure what to do for treatment does anyone know. All I found was that you should just add salt in, but what kind of salt and how much( I read about natural sea salt with no iodine in it is that correct, because I have some of that and even have Morton salt without iodine) let me know how to treat this and iF you have herd of anything else to do s nd I am going out ASAP to get silk plants so this doesn't happen again!!
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Old 05-11-2013, 02:38 PM   #2 
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I don't know about sea salt but I don't think you should use it.

There's something called Aquarium salt which you can use as a treatment, it's what I use for Fin rot. If he's not in a 1 gallon tank or close to it, I would get a hospital tank to make this easier on you and him.

Use 3 teaspoons of dissolved salt per gallon. So for a 1 gallon, just 3 teaspoons :) makes it a lot easier. Make sure you condition his water and you'll have to slowly acclimate him to the new water since he won't be used to the salt. An hour or so should be good. Every day you'll have to do a 100% water change and add in the new salt so that the dirty water doesn't effect his fins more.

You can safely use the salt up to 14 days, I don't do it over 10 but it probably won't take that long, maybe up to 6 days. Once you no longer see black or grey at his fin edges you can acclimate him back to his regular tank. Keep up with the water changes weekly, even twice a week or more if it's a small tank. And then you can use StressCoat to heal up his fins. The salt won't heal his fins (I thought that in the first place lol) it will just take care of the rot. So once the rot is gone he'll need help healing up his fins a little more.

New fin growth is white or clear in color and then will go back to it's original color. But the StressCoat helps heal him because it has aloe in it, it is also a conditioner so you won't need to be using the regular one you use. You can use double the dose for StressCoat as well (It should have directions on the back for healing fins)

Hope that helps a bit and may your little guy have a swift healing!
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