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Old 08-17-2010, 04:03 PM   #1 
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Exclamation Dorothy has finn rot and floting weird

I noticed Dorothy had gotten some fin rot on his bottem finn like last week so I did some more frequent water changes (Yes I always add aqurim salt and condiner) and all the usal things. But then lastnight he was floting werdly. He was floting virticly. (that probably wasn't spelled right) I don't know what caused this to happen or why. I did notice that he was looking quite frale and skinny. Any help would be grate.

Housing
What size is your tank?
2g
What temperature is your tank?
Around 78 f
Does your tank have a filter?
Yes
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration?
Yes
Is your tank heated?
Yes
What tank mates does your betta fish live with?
None he lives alone

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish?
Pellets and some times Blood worms
How often do you feed your betta fish?
2 Pellets every eavning

Maintenance

How often do you perform a water change?
Onec a week
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change?
50% one week 100% the next
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change?
Aqurim salt, Betta conditaner
Water Parameters:
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
I have a water testing kit but I dumped the water in the 2g out. I can't take a water test of the water in the other thank because the water in that tank is blue from the Betta Revive.

Ammonia
Nitrite
Nitrate
pH
Hardness: I know i have some what hard water
Alkalinity

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed?
Raged bottem fins, lossing color
How has your betta fish's behavior changed?
Just kinda flotes around all day
When did you start noticing the symptoms?
A week ago/lastnight
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how?
Yes, by putting him in a .5g tank (easer to do a water change every day) and putting some Betta Revive in his tank.
Does your fish have any history of being ill?
No, Dorothy is my little truper.
How old is your fish (approximately)?
I've had him for about a year and a half
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Old 08-18-2010, 12:45 AM   #2 
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Be sure not to add salt when you're using Betta Revive--it already has salt in it. Betta Revive is not my favorite treatment because it has such small amounts of a lot of different things--one being an antibiotic, and another being malachite green--both of these things shouldn't be used unless they're being used to treat a specific, diagnosed illness.

Can you describe the fins a little better? Are the edges crusty, dark, or fuzzy?

If it were me, I would put the fish back in the two gallon since it's large enough to be safely heated, I would stop using salt and stop using the Betta Revive and do 100% water changes every 3 days. I would not run the airstone, and if the tank is not cycled, I would not run the filter either. It's possible that just some extra clean water and some peace and quiet will help him de-stress and bounce back.

If his condition changes in any way, it might point us in a more clear direction as far as a diagnosis.
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Old 08-19-2010, 01:36 AM   #3 
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Oh i didn't know that you wern't supost to use those together (my bad). It always seamed to work well on all my other fish tho. Doing a 100% water change every 3 days on a 2g is hard for me to do because I am very busey. Thats why I put him in the small tank. I didn't put the heater in the .5g btw. I keep an eye in the temp in the tank and it is a fine tep for him. Not even very difrent from his 2g. I also always add aquerim salt to his tank. I don't know why you would sugest me not to put it in his tank.

The edge of his fins do seem to have some 'fuzzy' like strings haning down from the tips of the rotted fins.

Oh, my bad. I didn't mean to say I do use a airstone. I don't have one in eather tank.
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Old 08-19-2010, 10:58 AM   #4 
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You shouldn't be using salt any longer then 10 days. I agree with OFL, stop using it. It's obviously not helping if you've been using it all the time and he's still having a problem. It's not doing him any good at this point.

I also think you should put him back in his two gallon and increase your normal water changes. One 50% one week and then a 100% the next week isn't enough water changes in a two gallon. It leads to the problems you're seeing. I'm sure you can find the time for a half hour 100% water change a couple times a week, especially if you're changing it every day now. Just make time and follow OFL's advice.
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Old 08-19-2010, 11:40 AM   #5 
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Edit: Doh! Sorry Adastra. You're not OFL! I got crossed up in my threads.
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Old 08-19-2010, 07:18 PM   #6 
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What do you mean buy "You shouldn't be using salt any longer then 10 days."?
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