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Old 01-28-2011, 09:16 PM   #1 
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Please answer quickly

I am going to be treating my betta for fin rot. If he is the only fish in the tank can I treat the whole(2.5 gallon) tank with epsom salt or do I still have to quarantine him? About to change his water so want a quick response hopefully
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Old 01-28-2011, 09:20 PM   #2 
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I am going to be treating my betta for fin rot. If he is the only fish in the tank can I treat the whole(2.5 gallon) tank with epsom salt or do I still have to quarantine him? About to change his water so want a quick response hopefully
Don't use epsom salt for fin rot, you need aquarium salt (about 1 tablespoon per five gallons)

And yes you treat the whole tank. Quarantine is when you keep them away from the other fish.
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Old 01-28-2011, 09:21 PM   #3 
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I saw that epsom salt would work, and i really want to treat asap. It is after 10 pm here so I don't think I can get aquarium salt.
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Old 01-28-2011, 09:27 PM   #4 
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Epsom salt is used to treat bloating. It really won't do anything in this situation. He should be fine until tomorrow. Just do daily 50% water changes. And don't keep adding salt, only add a bit after every water change.
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Ok. I am just worried cuz it seems to be getting worse. the end of his fins are black and translucent
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Old 01-28-2011, 09:34 PM   #6 
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That is okay, my fish is like that too. I got him about three weeks ago from the fish store but he is active and eating and pooping lol. So right now I am just doing 50% water changes, and add about a half tablespoon of aquarium salt after each water change. If he is active and seeming healthy besides the fins he should be fin until you can get some aquarium salt.
Also what is the temp in your tank?
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Old 01-28-2011, 09:44 PM   #7 
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if the situation worsens and its rotting more than half on the fin, you must take a pair of scissors and cut off the rotting part, 100% water change regularly and add salt. this is the best way and a sure way to cure severe fin rot.
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if the situation worsens and its rotting more than half on the fin, you must take a pair of scissors and cut off the rotting part, 100% water change regularly and add salt. this is the best way and a sure way to cure severe fin rot.

Please don't do this until you have read more info!

I personally have never heard of this being done.

Where did you hear this?
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I would never cut my bettas fins. And My heaters have trouble gets above the 72-74 range. But he is very active otherwise so I am not worried about the heat.
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Okay well it is good that he is active, but the temperature range for bettas is between 78-82 degrees, so if it has trouble getting to 72 then it is too cold.
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