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Old 07-09-2010, 05:58 PM   #1 
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Anyone around Portland, Oregon want to rescue my betta?

I'm about at my wits end with this reoccurring fin rot or tail fin damage that keeps happening and I'm tired of sinking money into him. I've had him for almost a year now and I don't think a month has gone by without him getting some sort of tail fin damage.

I do all the things I'm suppose to to do, yet still with the tail fin. Weekly tank cleans, same fasting day every week, tank filter changed once a month, heater temp at 80 degrees, filter water and of course condition. I even put some stress zyme+ in with weekly cleaning. Sometimes I even put some of the aquarium salt in to help.

But still, his tail fin shreds. I'd even be willing to give away his tank with him. I just want him to go to a good home, I've lost patience with this.
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Old 07-09-2010, 06:37 PM   #2 
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Sorry to hear that...

Try one more thing first, remove the filter and do twice weekly water changes 50-100% for the next two weeks and see if that helps before you give up.....only additive you need to use is a dechlorinator if on city water supply.....
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Old 07-09-2010, 06:57 PM   #3 
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Well I switched to filtered water from a brita because when I asked a local fish store, he suggested maybe the water was too hard and to try filtered. It worked for a while but I came home today and his tail fin was all frayed looking. I just didn't think having a betta would be this frustrating and money consuming. I've become very fed up. Because just when I think he's good and healing, his tail fin gets damaged some how.
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Old 07-09-2010, 07:05 PM   #4 
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It does sound like hard, alkaline water is the culprit. It makes bettas' fins and scales weak. Have you tried Indian almond leaf or blackwater extract? It brings down the hardness and pH of the tap water to levels found in bettas' natural environment.

I'd adopt him from you but sorry, I'm all the way in southern Cal.
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Old 07-09-2010, 07:13 PM   #5 
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I have not. Is that stuff spendy? Because he seems happy and healthy, minus the tail fin issues. He's always blowing bubbles nests and he's active.
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Old 07-09-2010, 07:27 PM   #6 
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It's pretty cheap but takes quite a while to get here from Asia.

It's the tannins and humic acids from the leaves that are beneficial for the betta. You could also get tannins from green tea after it's been steeped for over five minutes. So that means you stick a bag of green tea in some freshly boiled water, let it soak for five minutes, then take out the teabag and stick it in the tank for a few minutes. It's important to let the teabag steep for five minutes in the boiled water because that's when it releases most of the caffeine (toxic to animals/fish). 3-5 minutes is also the time it needs for it to start releasing tannins (which is the stuff that might irritate your stomach but is good for bettas).

Here's a thread about alternatives to IAL:

http://www.fishlore.com/fishforum/be...nd-leaves.html
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Old 07-09-2010, 07:32 PM   #7 
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You're having the same problems as me and my sister and Charlie looks like he could be Genie's twin brother! XD

We feel your pain! I'm gonna try some of those IAL alternatives b/c I can't use my bank account atm. =/
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Old 07-09-2010, 07:43 PM   #8 
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Here is where I got my IAL:

http://www.joshsfrogs.com/product/80...-leaves-5-pack

They are here in the States (Michigan) and the price is reasonable, IMO.

Hope that helps!
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Old 07-09-2010, 07:50 PM   #9 
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Thank you Randomfish and Lion Mom, I'll check it out!
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Old 07-09-2010, 07:58 PM   #10 
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You're welcome! :)

I hope it all works out for you.
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