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Old 05-09-2011, 08:09 PM   #1 
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I think he has bad fin rot...

My fish Saix has been having some problems. He's covered in black goo, his fins have been tinting red, and his back fin is now half gone. I'm a new fish owner, so I have nowhere to turn to but the internet for answers. Please help! :(

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Housing
What size is your tank? 1 gallon
What temperature is your tank? 75
Does your tank have a filter? no
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? used to, ran out
Is your tank heated? no
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? none

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? BettaMin
How often do you feed your betta fish? 6 out of 7 days

Maintenance

How often do you perform a water change? once a month
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? whole tank
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? NutraFin Aqua plus

Water Parameters:
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters? ran out of test strips

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Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? he's dirty, has red spots, and half of his tail deteriorated
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? he's a little more lethargic, but he's pretty much his usual friendly self otherwise
When did you start noticing the symptoms? about a month ago, he started getting dirty.
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? not yet
Does your fish have any history of being ill? no
How old is your fish (approximately)? 5 months

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Old 05-09-2011, 08:20 PM   #2 
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Hmmm.. I noticed you haven't tested for Ammonia and such.
This could mean it is Ammonia burn, meaning your fish is probably stressed as well. I would suggest more often water changes, but keep them and 20 or 50% to keep the water at a perfect pH level.
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Old 05-09-2011, 08:27 PM   #3 
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Ok I will buy some test strips tomorrow then and see and post my findings. Thank you!
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Old 05-09-2011, 08:30 PM   #4 
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test strips aren't that accurate. if you can, at least get the liquid test for ammonia.

in a one gallon, once a month isn't good at all! you should be doing water changes at least ever other day. i do agree that it could very well be ammonia burn, or fin rot caused by yucky water. clean water will help his fins better than any meds, so try water changes every day, or every other day, and see if the helps out. :3
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Old 05-09-2011, 08:32 PM   #5 
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Ok, so how much should I change per every other day?
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About 20%.
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Old 05-09-2011, 08:47 PM   #7 
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Ok. And if there is too much ammonia, is there something I can get to help that?
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Old 05-09-2011, 08:56 PM   #8 
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change 100% of the water every other day. changing any less than that, and you're leaving some of the ammonia in the tank, which eventually builds up. the only way to get rid of ammonia, to my knowledge, is either cycling(which is impossible to do in such a small tank, i believe), or changing the water. if you wanna do less water changes, upgrade Saix to a larger tank. :3
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Luim does actually have a very good point, but I would still suggest 80% changes to keep a proper pH level. But yeah maybe 100% is the way to go at this point. Oh, and use conditioner to remove Ammonia after every change. I would suggest "Seachem Betta Basics Conditioner". It's very cheap and probably in every store that relates to pets in some way.
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Old 05-09-2011, 09:11 PM   #10 
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I suggest when doing a water change doing a 100% everyday because ammonia builds up quickly in something that small.
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