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Old 12-22-2010, 09:15 PM   #1 
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Bacterial Finrot?

What size is your tank? 2.5 Gallons
What temperature is your tank? Appx. 25 Degrees Celsius
Does your tank have a filter? No.
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? No.
Is your tank heated? Yes, Hydor Mini for a 2 -5 Gallon
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? None.

What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Pellets, Frozen Bloodworms and Brine shrimp.
How often do you feed your betta fish? 2x a day.

How often do you perform a water change? 2 times a week, one partial @ 50%
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 100% and as above
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Prime Water Conditioner, Kent Blackwater Extract, pinch of aquarium salt.

Water Parameters:
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?

Am planning on purchasing a Master kit soon.


Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? Small hole in dorsal, with blackened, somewhat ragged edges, getting bigger every day.
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? No.
When did you start noticing the symptoms? Two days ago.
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? Starting treatment with partial water changes every other day, adding aquarium salt and double Blackwater extract, upping temps.
Does your fish have any history of being ill? Not that I am aware of.
How old is your fish (approximately)? Three to Six months.


I'm getting worried about Quicksilver ... he has what looks like a case of bacterial fin rot. I just forget what to treat him with >_<

He's still acting fine and dandy, eating well, being a goof. It's just this darned pin hole in his dorsal. I've been watching the hole since Monday night and it has gotten bigger. Any suggestions on how to treat him?

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Old 12-22-2010, 10:58 PM   #2 
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Start with daily water changes (50% should be good) and a teaspoon of Aquarium salt per gallon. If the fin is still disappearing in a day or two you can start adding a medication. I usually have good luck with a combination of Maracyn and Maracyn 2 but anything that treats bacterial fin rot will probably work.

Do salt first though, you should avoid medications if you can since they can hurt the fish or cause resistant strains to develope. Medications should be saved for a last resort.
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