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Old 04-11-2010, 02:52 PM   #1 
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Question A Different Approach To Fin Rot

So Nereus has had Rin Rot for about 3 months, hasn't gotten better, hasn't gotten worse. Do water changes everyday, tryed different medication, yet nothing has worked!!!! (he's acting normal, though, he's the fiercest boy I've ever seen!) So I came across this on the internet the other day-
you'll need a paper plat, a paper towel, a soft paintbrush, a net, and hydrogen peroxide (for cuts.) First scoop the fish up with your net. Put it gently onto the upside-down paperplate. Put the papertowel over its head (put make sure to soak it with aquarium water.) Dip the paintbrush on the hydrogen peroxide (wiping off any excess if you need to) and brush it gently over the infected part(s) of the fish. DO NOT GET ANY ON ITS HEAD!! Let it sit for 30 seconds to a minute. put the fish back into the net and release it back into its aquarium.

Now, these arent the SAME instructions (I just put down what i remembered) But the instructions I put down are similar to those of the website's. I know this would stress the fish but apparently if you do this to a betta with fin rot no fin rot survives this treatment. And Nereus has not gotten better at all. His heater is on to the right temp, and I've done everything!! I'm not trying to come accross as a bad betta owner, but I don't know if I should do this or not?

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Old 04-11-2010, 07:32 PM   #2 
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Are you sure its fin rot? If your treatments aren't working chances are its something else. Got any pics?
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Old 04-11-2010, 08:53 PM   #3 
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It's fin rot all right. Nereus is the blue/green one.
http://www.bettafish.com/showthread.php?t=40907
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Old 04-11-2010, 09:24 PM   #4 
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Yeah.. its either that or biting.. but I don't think its that common for CTs to bite their fins. Have you tried feeding him crushed garlic.. it helps to prevent infection. All you have to do is crush some garlic than sort of smoosh the pellets into the garlic and microwave for 30sec. You can do a bunch of pellets at one time then just put them (in the garlic) in the fridge for later meals.

Your fish are very pretty BTW. I specifically like your Veil :)
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Old 04-11-2010, 10:14 PM   #5 
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Thanks. :)
I've already tried that but I'll try it again for the heck of it...
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Old 04-11-2010, 10:39 PM   #6 
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Its safe to do all the time. I always feed garlic soaked pellets.. sort of as a preventative measure.
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Old 04-11-2010, 11:10 PM   #7 
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Yeah, I have done it all the time... stil no improvements... argh. Nereus is fin rot prone!!!
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Old 04-11-2010, 11:11 PM   #8 
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I wouldn't do it. I don't know if it would work or not, but It just doesn't sound like a good idea.
Hydrogen peroxide is cytotoxic, which means it causes tissue damage and destruction at the cellular level. While this might seem like a good thing to use, a bettas fins are very delicate and I wouldn't want to aggravate the situation further while he is already immunocompromised with the finrot disease itself.
Keep on with your treatments as is, or find something less invasive.
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Old 04-12-2010, 04:04 AM   #9 
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That surely looks like tailbiting to me, i have two tailbiters and it looks exactly the same.
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Old 04-12-2010, 05:36 PM   #10 
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I'm quite sure it isn't tail biting... I watch him and he hasn't ever.
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