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Old 11-17-2009, 12:56 PM   #1 
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Is this the start of fin rot?

So, as you can see, poor Peaches tail is starting to shred:

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Did I catch fin rot here? And if so, is it early enough salt baths should help him? He's got one plastic plant in his tank, but it doesn't seem to be rough, and he swims around and through it all the time with no problem, so I doubt he ripped it...

I'm going to go stick him in a salt bath now...
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Old 11-17-2009, 02:52 PM   #2 
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Just add salt to the tank.

How big is it and how often do you clean it? How much water do you change? Is it cycled?
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Old 11-17-2009, 03:02 PM   #3 
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Its a gallon size, clean every 4/5 days, not cycled...for adding salt to the tank, should i just put like the one tsp per gallon, or a lil less?
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Old 11-17-2009, 03:19 PM   #4 
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Half that.

This will be a chronic problem unless you get him a bigger tank and a heater. Poor water conditions and a lack of heat will encourage bacterial growth and handicap the fish's immune system.

For now, you will have to clena the bowl every 2-3 days to keep the ammonia at safe levels.
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Old 11-17-2009, 04:30 PM   #5 
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Ok, I plan on getting a 5gal to split with him and another male, I just can't find the materials to make the dividers! lol so once I have those I'll get a tank from walmart and set him up :)

So keeping him in the salt will help his fins and stop it from getting worse?
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Old 11-17-2009, 04:51 PM   #6 
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Well it is sort of like putting a band-aid on a missing arm so to speak but it will help a little.

You can order dividers online, buy them at a LFS, get plastic canvas at a craft or dollar store, or even pick up some plastic mesh at a hardware/home & garden store.
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Old 11-17-2009, 06:18 PM   #7 
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then what should I do to stop it?
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Old 11-17-2009, 09:23 PM   #8 
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The one thing that will completely set it in reverse is a warm tank with clean water. For now you should be able to slow it by a fraction by cleaning the bowl every two days and salting the water, but that's only a temporary solution.

Basically the two factors working against you are

Unclean Water

-Better conditions for bacterial
-Easier for open skin to become infected
-Stresses the fish
-Weakens the immune system, making the betta vulnerable to multiple diseases

Low Temperatures
- You have probably heard in high school how heat willl speed up chemical reactions. 'Protein synthesis' (aka when tissue cells make new tissue cells) is a chemical reaction, therefore warmth allows the cells to multiply faster (within reason... don't boil him!)
- Antibodies, skin, blood, scales, lymph and all other sorts of good stuff are made from proteins, therefore what you want is for your betta to make proteins faster.
-At optimal temperatures, your betta is more likely to fight the bacteria faster than it can multiply.
-When your water is cooler than optimal, your betta will fight the bacteria slower and heal slower.



Speaking of protein, high-protein foods like frozen (not freeze-dried) bloodworms and tubifex worms (I trust Hikari) will help him beef up again after the infection has been stopped.

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Alright, Thank you so much
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