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Old 11-25-2010, 01:32 AM   #1 
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Al Has Fin Rot, Please Help :(

Hey all... My beloved Betta Fish, Al, has fin rot. He's had it for a couple of weeks now and things aren't looking good. I've tried changing his water quite frequently, cleaning his ornaments, and even some medication. I'm not sure things are looking any better.

From what I understand there are 2 types of fin rot... fungal and bacterial. I would think that it's bacterial as his fins seem to be rotting pretty raggedly. Also, I have not noticed any fungal growths or whiteness on him (it's mostly black at the affected areas).

I started feeding him some anti-bacterial food pellets a few days ago (that claim to help aid in the curing of fin rot). What else should I do? Should I just continue to feed him these and clean the water? Or should I perhaps go to a more drastic medication measure? I'm just worried because I fear he may reach his end in a few weeks at this rate...

Any help would be appreciated. He's been my only pet for the last 10 years and I've grown very attached to him. I do not want to see him go already

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- 10 gallon tank.
- Filtered tank.
- Heated tank (77-80 degrees normally).
- When changing water: conditioner & aquarium salt is added.
- Has not yet been sick since switching to filtered/heated tank 6 months ago.
- Still seems to be in decent spirits- interacts with me and eats his food quickly.

Thanks in advance.
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Old 11-25-2010, 02:15 AM   #2 
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You said he was your pet for 10 years? I think you mean 1 year. Maracyn 1 and 2 taken together I've heard works. I've not tried it yet, but you should try it.
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Old 11-25-2010, 09:53 AM   #3 
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I think she probably means it's the only pet she's had in the past 10 years.
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Old 11-25-2010, 10:53 AM   #4 
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posting a picture might help
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Old 11-25-2010, 11:08 AM   #5 
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Yes, the wording may have been confusing but what I mean is that he is my only pet that I've had the last 10 years (I've had him for 1 1/2 years). Also, I'm actually a guy FWIW, ha.

In regards to the one suggestion, I'm probably going to try something along the lines of Macryn very shortly. Thank you for the suggestion.

Here is a picture of what I explained in the OP:


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Old 11-25-2010, 11:52 AM   #6 
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Have you considered tail biting? I think that's whats wrong with my betta.
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Old 11-25-2010, 12:03 PM   #7 
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Have you considered tail biting? I think that's whats wrong with my betta.
I have. I'm just not so sure it's that, since (it's not really clear in the picture) it appears that alot of his fin strands are deteriorating as opposed to chunks just disappearing.

I've been keeping a watchful eye on him the last week to make sure it's not that, I haven't really noticed any odd behavior.
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Old 11-25-2010, 07:42 PM   #8 
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I haven't noticed any odd behavior in mine either but the ends aren't black and it looks fine now.
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Old 11-25-2010, 08:57 PM   #9 
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i think he just ripped his fins. there's no black lesions on the ends. sometimes you can also see bacteria oozing from thw wound. do you see any ooze?
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Old 11-25-2010, 09:24 PM   #10 
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The picture isn't the greatest, by any means.

The ends of his fins are black and I still highly doubt it's tail biting.

Also, for example, he had 2 or 3 of his long fin strands still intact a few days ago... and I noticed over the last few days they are getting very floppy & weak towards the bottom and will probably fall off any day now.
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