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Old 08-12-2009, 12:28 PM   #1 
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Betta fish sick

I am fairly new with a betta fish(male). He is in a 2 gallon bowl with a plant been doing fine since I got him at christmas time. He eats dry food and frozen blood worms which he loves alot. Monday I noticed a white fuzz looking substance on the top fin and both fins look torn up. He is the only one in the bowl. What do I do?
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Old 08-12-2009, 01:55 PM   #2 
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Sounds like fungal fin rot. :) Give him some salt baths and lots of clean water (do a 100% water change and clean the inside of the bowl, rocks and decorations just to make sure it's gone) and treat him with a fungal medicine. I think some people will suggest so Jungle Fungus Eliminator.

I've never dealt with fungal fin rot, but that should do.

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Old 08-12-2009, 02:41 PM   #3 
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betta fish sick

Thanks. Can I use regular salt or do I have to buy special salt? Could fin rot cause him to slow down. He is sleeping lots more. I just replaced about 1/2 the water in his bowl today but will plan start the salt baths as soon as I can. Thanks again
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Old 08-12-2009, 02:45 PM   #4 
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Do NOT use regular table salt. That will kill a fish. But you can use aquarium salt or epsom salt.
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Old 08-12-2009, 03:05 PM   #5 
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I have epson salt. I will follow instructions from another member on how to give salt baths. Also, I have been using regular tap water when changing his bowl. I fill several gallon jugs up and let them sit open for several days so clorine can escape. Is this ok?
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Old 08-12-2009, 03:25 PM   #6 
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I'd recommend using a water conditioner. There are a number to choose from. I also recommend using Neenjar's directions on how to give salt baths - he is the salt bath expert :)

I know my chemistry prof told me that letting water set for several days will help chlorine escape - but I wouldn't risk it with your baby.
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Old 08-12-2009, 03:55 PM   #7 
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Thanks. I will start using water conditioner. so, Neenjar. Is this correct. Set up a bowl with salt water. take fish out of his own bowl put him in the salt bowl for 5 mins unless he faints if he faints take him out and put him back in his own bowl. If he does not react to the salt bowl after the 5 mins take him out and put him back in his one bowl. Sorry to be so confused. I printed out the instructions will start these baths asap.
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Old 08-12-2009, 03:59 PM   #8 
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How to give a salt bath =>http://www.bettafish.com/showthread.php?t=25297

These are the directions I used.
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Old 08-12-2009, 05:07 PM   #9 
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I would recommend either Prime or Aquasafe water conditioner.
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Old 08-12-2009, 05:40 PM   #10 
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I like Stress Coat but any water condtioner will do.
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