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Old 07-20-2015, 07:31 AM   #1 
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Unhappy Fin rot - advice needed before further treatment

Hi all!

Ok, So I need some advice for Monet...

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Housing
What size is your tank? 15L
What temperature is your tank? 82F; but I just turned it up to 84F
Does your tank have a filter? Yes
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? No
Is your tank heated? yes - with adjustable heater
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? none

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? 3 Hikari betta gold pellets in AM and 2 NLS in PM
How often do you feed your betta fish? twice daily - once in AM and once in PM

Maintenance
How often do you perform a water change? weekly
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? approx 5L (so 1/3 of water)
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Prime @ 0.125mL (for the water added in), 1 rooibos tea bag (for 2 hours), stress coat @ approx 2mL (for 15L)

Water Parameters:
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters? yes

Ammonia: -
Nitrite: 0
Nitrate: 0
pH: 7.0
Hardness: 80
Alkalinity: 60

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? there is mild fin rot in caudal fin and some on his dorsal - but i suspect that is getting worse, a tear on his anal fin - but he only has a large red silk plant and all decor has been panty hose tested
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? not really - he's still quite active and playful; still eating well
When did you start noticing the symptoms? approx 20 days ago
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? AQ salts @ 1tsp/gallon for 10 days in hospital tank that is approx 3.5L. He seemed to have gotten better so transferred back into permanent tank (after a 100% water change, gravel clean, ornament clean, pump clean - didn't clean the sponge - figured there was some good bacteria there and didn't want to disturb that), but a few days ago I started noticing that his tail still seemed to show signs that it was receding a bit more than before
Does your fish have any history of being ill? no
How old is your fish (approximately)? he's been with me for a month now

What I'm wondering is, should I treat with Blue Planet Tri-Sulfa tablets? I know it'll be harsh on him, but I really don't want this mild fin rot to turn into severe fin rot. I also have Melafix, but I'm hesitant to use it on him because he's a betta and I don't want to do irreparable damage to his labyrinth organ (though when seeing advice from pet stores, they tell me to use melafix... *sigh*)

Since I just performed a 40% water change tonight and took out 8L of water and upped his heater to 84F, should I leave it for a few more days and do another water change (@40-50%) mid week and monitor his fins or should I just go the medication route now? I can also add in stress coat too.

Here are photos: before, when I noticed the mild rot and now (2 photos - sorry he's not flaring, I caught him in the middle of his swimming around, but you can see it's starting to look worse) - Monet is a marble, so please excuse his colouring - his caudal is blackish now... but I definitely know it's rot and not biting. Any advice/help would be great so I know if I should treat with meds or try the more natural, turn up the heat & more water changes route.
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Old 07-20-2015, 07:39 AM   #2 
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MelaFix/BettaFix won't harm the labyrinth organ. It's all anecdotal evidence, nothing is scientific. Also, the oil in it is water soluable, it will not coat the labyrinth organ. Most of time it's just incorrectly used which can cause problems as it will with all medications used incorrectly.

I'd use the MelaFix on him first since it is mild rot at the moment. Looks like he split his fin against something though, any stiffer silk plants in his tank or decor? The split isn't caused by fin rot.
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MelaFix/BettaFix won't harm the labyrinth organ. It's all anecdotal evidence, nothing is scientific. Also, the oil in it is water soluable, it will not coat the labyrinth organ. Most of time it's just incorrectly used which can cause problems as it will with all medications used incorrectly.

I'd use the MelaFix on him first since it is mild rot at the moment. Looks like he split his fin against something though, any stiffer silk plants in his tank or decor? The split isn't caused by fin rot.
Thanks Lil - ok then I'll treat with melafix tonight then

Can't think of any other decor in his tank that would cause that.... I'll check it again though with the panty hose cause maybe I missed a spot that he has found.
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