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Old 09-09-2010, 09:58 AM   #1 
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Fin Rot? HELP!

We woke up today and our betta Tiepolo is missing a big piece of his rear fin! It looks all scraggly and mangled! This somehow occurred over the course of about 6 hours, and we are really spooked!

About 2 weeks ago we discovered a small tear in his rear fin, which we assumed was caused by some of the plastic in his silk aquarium plants. We removed those, and everything seemed to be fine. Now he has this, and we dont know what to do...Is it fin rot? And if so, is there a comprehensive resource on this site which can help? We are very upset about our little friend!

He has no other visible symptoms and seems to be his normal energetic self. Is it possible the fin got into the intake feed? Please help!!!!! Here is before and after:

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Old 09-09-2010, 10:01 AM   #2 
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Don't jump too quick on the Fin Rot train, because you don't want to treat him for something he might not have. The intake feed COULD have played a role in tearing his fins but you can't be sure.

Size of the tank? Heated? Decorations?
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Tank is a 5 gallon. It is not currently heated, but are buying a heater tomorrow. It has gotten cooler in our neck of the woods. Room temperature has gone from 29 degrees to 23 degrees in the course of a week. He has no decorations except for a small castle/cave.

Perhaps im just noticing this because we have a hood light now, but I do see that the surface of the water has fine particulate mater in it when viewed from below, sort of a whitish substance, but I cant imagine that any fish tank would be 100% clean all the time and just assume it is part of the habitat. I dont think its mold. We have been doing regular cleanings, with proper ratio of conditioner.
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Old 09-09-2010, 10:21 AM   #4 
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OK, just tested the water...much cooler than usual. His fins have the same sort of dreary quality they did the last time we changed water without letting it get to proper temperature and it was too cold.

Is it possible he was biting in reaction to the sudden temperature drop? I cant imagine any disease that could do such a thing within 6 hours, or can fin rot do that?
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Old 09-09-2010, 11:12 AM   #5 
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It looks like he was biting his fins to me. If it were infected, the edges of the fins would be lined with a dark crusty substance. I suggest getting the heater and some silk plants to help him feel more secure. Make sure you carefully examine the plastic stems of any plants you get because occasionally you will still find some sharp pieces. You can file them down with a nail file.

Make sure your water quality is optimal at this time--because his fins have been damaged he runs a greater risk of infection. Is the tank cycled?
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Old 09-09-2010, 02:16 PM   #6 
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What Adastra said. :)

As to the stuff on top of the water - that is just dissolved organics and will do no harm. It just looks unsightly is all.

To combat that, you will need either a filter or an air stone. Doesn't make it go away, but it is a lot less noticeable if it bothers you.

Good luck & welcome to the forum!
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Well, its been an exciting day...we got a heater, and also a PH testing kit...we discovered that the PH level is running about 8.2, higher than normal for bettas, and also we are having his water tested for ammonia. Im not sure that we have "Cycled the tank"...we have changed the water according to recommended steps, but 'cycling', the balance of bacteria, nitrates, ammonia and all, we have not done.
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What Adastra said. :)

As to the stuff on top of the water - that is just dissolved organics and will do no harm. It just looks unsightly is all.

To combat that, you will need either a filter or an air stone. Doesn't make it go away, but it is a lot less noticeable if it bothers you.

Good luck & welcome to the forum!
Thanks, thats good to know...were not concerned with the look, just making sure its normal :)

As I posted above we've done a few things to make sure the environment is running as good as possible...We really hope its a biting issue and not something more serious!
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Old 09-10-2010, 04:55 AM   #9 
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Do NOT attempt to alter your pH doing so will cause you fish to go into pH Shock , and will KILL it.

Betta's adjust to pH it's not worth altering and running the risk of killing your fish
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Old 09-10-2010, 10:26 PM   #10 
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Exclamation Tail rot!?

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Do NOT attempt to alter your pH doing so will cause you fish to go into pH Shock , and will KILL it.
We decided not to change the ph level. My fiance went to an aquarium store today and got a sample of our betta's aquarium water tested.

Ammonia: 0.5 (it should be 0)
Nitrite: 0
Nitrate: 0

Besides the ammonia the results are not too bad, however, our betta Tiepolo has been loosing another chunk of his tail over night

Therefore we took him out of his aquarium and put him into a one gallon bowl, in order to medicate him and to be able to make daily 100% water changes.
This is our plan:

1 week daily water changes (100%)
Each day a bit aquarium salt
Each dose one dose of MELAFIX medicine

We still DO NOT KNOW if it is tail biting or fin rot
but
today his tail looks so terrifying, that we think it turned into TAIL ROT today (?)

Please look at the following two pics (one from yesterday and then one from today=worse tail) and let us know what you think:

Do you think MELAFIX will help?????

We do appreciate all input!

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