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Old 06-08-2010, 11:04 AM   #1 
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Exclamation fin rot!!

Hi guys! I'm new to this forum but I have been looking at other people's posts. I have a crowntail that's living in a 1/2 gallon ( I'm going to upgrade it to a 3 gallon very soon) and he's been doing really well until now. I do 100% water changes every 2 or 3 days and the water temperature is around 78 degrees. Recently, I've noticed that little edges of his tail are kind of falling off. There were black tips on them for a while, but I thought they were normal since he is a black and red betta. I did some research and I found that black and red tips were actually bad :(( What could I do to get rid of fin rot??
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Old 06-08-2010, 11:36 AM   #2 
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Can you post a pic?
Also start making daily 100% water changes for 5-6 days and see if he improves, sometimes the CT rays can be sensitive to hard water and it will cause the rays to drop and then they can get a secondary infection.
You can add either IAL or native oak leaves to the water or peat moss in pantyhose and keep in the filter box. You also need to keep water on hand that is steeped with what ever you use (IAL, OL, peat) to make water changes with.
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Old 06-08-2010, 12:22 PM   #3 
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I'll try posting one as soon as I finish doing a water change and if I can figure out where the camera is!! :) Can you find native oak leaves at any lps?
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Old 06-08-2010, 02:18 PM   #4 
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Old 06-08-2010, 03:35 PM   #5 
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I use oak leaves from my oak trees in my yard, clean and naturally dry and fallen from the tree.
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Old 06-08-2010, 05:00 PM   #6 
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I found some red oak leaves. How much should I use?
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Old 06-08-2010, 05:24 PM   #7 
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Depending on the size-I use about 5-10 per 1g of water and let them steep for several hours until the water turns amber in color.
I fill my 5g rain water buckets about half full of leaves outside and let them heat up in the rainwater to use for some of my more sensitive CT tanks and for the Neon tetra when I spawn them.
In the house I will pour hot water over them and add an air stone to get thing going faster and then strain into a clean 1g jug once cooled down.
I also use lots of rainwater for some of my CT Bettas and I use this rainwater/oak leaf water to spawn all my Bettas, I have really hard well water.....

*Note: when using anything natural collected, make sure that it has not been exposed to any chemicals, pesticides, and pollutions, I would never use anything collected from road sides or trees that are by a street due to the pollution from autos/cars and/or spraying of pesticide for mosquito etc.....This can kill the fish and residue can contaminate the tank.
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Old 06-08-2010, 05:28 PM   #8 
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haha the leaves I found were ON the street!! Good thing I didn't use it yet! Can the leaf be green?
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No, you want leaves that have naturally dried and dropped from the tree.
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