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Old 08-21-2013, 05:00 PM   #1 
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Help!!

We went away for a few weeks and left our betta. Just got back and it looks like advanced fin and body rot. I feel terrible for it. It's in a QT tank with daily changes and some salt and betta fix for the last 2 days. He won't eat but is still swimming around (even without any fins?!). Not sure what to do and the fish stores don't have any more advice.
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Old 08-21-2013, 05:25 PM   #2 
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Is your fish male? I can berely tell!
This case is serious, and I recommend seeing some kind of specialist. Sadly, there is probably nothing you can do.
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Old 08-21-2013, 05:43 PM   #3 
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How do I find a specialist? Am I being cruel trying to save it?
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Old 08-21-2013, 06:53 PM   #4 
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Oh wow...I would keep him in the QT tank, with warm, clean water at all times. I would treat with stress coat plus, and possibly Tetra Fungus Guard. Also I would not recommend the salt. See if your local pet store has mosquito larvae, this is their natural diet, and he definitely needs to be eating.

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Old 08-21-2013, 07:00 PM   #5 
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Housing
What size is your tank?
What temperature is your tank?
Does your tank have a filter?
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration?
Is your tank heated?
What tank mates does your betta fish live with?

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish?
How often do you feed your betta fish?

Maintenance
How often do you perform a water change?
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change?
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change?

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

Ammonia:
Nitrite:
Nitrate:
pH:
Hardness:
Alkalinity:

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed?
How has your betta fish's behavior changed?
When did you start noticing the symptoms?
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how?
Does your fish have any history of being ill?
How old is your fish (approximately)?

Here is Darkmoon's recomendations for advanced fin and tail rot-

•Symptoms: Fins and or tail start rotting away, usually starting from the edge, but sometimes it starts at the base of the fin (especially dorsal) and attacks the body directly. Diseases progresses rapidly as the tissues are being eaten away. Once fins have been consumed, rot will proceed onto the body. At this stage the disease is hard to reverse although the betta might continue to live for months if treated properly. If not treated, it will die promptly.
•Treatment: If the rot has advanced onto the body, skip conservative treatment. Do 100% daily water changes. Use a combination of Fungus Eliminator and Tetracycline. Continue until fins/tail stop receding and start showing some new growth. It may take up to 4 weeks to work, so don’t give up.

I need the form to help more... I also have to say that leaving a betta alone for weeks without any care whatsoever is very irresponsible.
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Old 08-21-2013, 09:39 PM   #6 
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Housing
What size is your tank? 8 gallon (QT tank just 1L)
What temperature is your tank? 75
Does your tank have a filter?no
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration?no
Is your tank heated?no
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? Another betta (with separator)

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Betta pellets
How often do you feed your betta fish? 5-7 pellets twice daily

Maintenance
How often do you perform a water change? 1/week
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change?100
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change?betta bowl plus (conditioner and dechlorinator)

Water Parameters:
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
I don't know how to test it
Ammonia:
Nitrite:
Nitrate:
pH:
Hardness:
Alkalinity:

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? Pale colour and fin/tale coming off
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? Not eating
When did you start noticing the symptoms? A few days ago
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? Warm QT tank with daily 100% water changes and salt and betta fix
Does your fish have any history of being ill? No
How old is your fish (approximately)? About 1 yr

Here is Darkmoon's recomendations for advanced fin and tail rot-

•Symptoms: Fins and or tail start rotting away, usually starting from the edge, but sometimes it starts at the base of the fin (especially dorsal) and attacks the body directly. Diseases progresses rapidly as the tissues are being eaten away. Once fins have been consumed, rot will proceed onto the body. At this stage the disease is hard to reverse although the betta might continue to live for months if treated properly. If not treated, it will die promptly.
•Treatment: If the rot has advanced onto the body, skip conservative treatment. Do 100% daily water changes. Use a combination of Fungus Eliminator and Tetracycline. Continue until fins/tail stop receding and start showing some new growth. It may take up to 4 weeks to work, so don’t give up.

I need the form to help more... I also have to say that leaving a betta alone for weeks without any care whatsoever is very irresponsible.
Just to let you know I would not leave my fish unattended. My mother was caring for my fish and didn't want to worry my while I was away.
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Old 08-22-2013, 09:55 PM   #7 
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How quickly did the deterioration occur? It's close enough to his body that I would treat it with an antibiotic.

Most fin rot is caused by gram negative bacteria. Therefore, I would use one of the following antibiotics:

API Furan 2, Bifuran or Jungle Fungus Clear

These all contain furan antibiotics, which are excellent at treating gram negative bacterial infections like fin rot.

In my local area, API Furan 2 is available at Petsmart and Jungle Fungus Clear is available at Walmart. (I haven't seen Bifuran in my area.)
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Old 08-25-2013, 09:35 PM   #8 
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Thank you. He seemed to be improving with his behaviour the last couple of days but today after the water change he just sank to the bottom. I've taken him out, put him in a small jar with just the water conditioner. Ill go to petsmart in the morning.
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