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Old 05-12-2011, 12:28 PM   #1 
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Color issues and fin rot for unknown reasons

I have a 5g tank with three live plants (Java fern, java moss, and anubis) and I do 40% water changes twice (sometimes thrice) a week. I am putting stress coat in the water.

Blu was fine, fins beautiful, about two days ago.

Then parts of his Caudal fin just started to go missing. Now the edges are going black, fin rot.

I'll post pictures.

I'm not sure what is making him sick, but it isn't just fin rot. His body and anal fin are turning different colors-- he's usually very blue but it's turning a green brown. He has one weak pectoral fin that in all my time of caring for him, has never really seemed to grow back well, but it is clear of infection.

What should I do? What can I do?

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-40% water changes 2/3 times a week
-live plants
-gravel/sand mixture
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Old 05-12-2011, 01:00 PM   #2 
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That's frustrating!

How long have you had your fish?
Does he have any tankmates?
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Old 05-12-2011, 01:07 PM   #3 
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No tank mates and I've had him for... about 7 months now?
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Old 05-13-2011, 11:44 PM   #4 
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Please fill this out so we can better help you (copy and paste it):
http://www.bettafish.com/showthread.php?t=49233

IMO put him in a QT tank/bowl and do 100% water changes daily. Have you tried aquarium salt? What are your water specs? Harley has a similar type of color change and fin rot. You can read what OFL has suggested to me at:

http://www.bettafish.com/showthread.php?t=70321

Good luck, I hope your fish gets better soon!
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Old 05-16-2011, 11:34 PM   #5 
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Im wondering how much aquarium salt I add per gallon and how long I let the fish stay in the QT salt water tank. Im trying to treat my betta with fin rot too.
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Old 05-16-2011, 11:51 PM   #6 
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From the pictures, it looks like the color change is just that he has a red wash that is coming through...normal coloration. But the black jagged edges do look like fin rot.

To treat the fin rot, add 1 tsp aquarium salt per gallon of conditioned water and do 100% water changes every day with this treated water. Keep up treatment for 7-10 days. Also keep his temperature on the low side, the bacteria thrive in warmer temperatures. Good luck, I hope he starts feeling better soon.
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Ok. Thanks so much! I just wanna make sure I got it: so I keep him in the salt water tank for 7-10 days all day and do 100% water changes everyday?
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Old 05-17-2011, 12:08 AM   #8 
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Yep treatment is 7-10 days, you don't want to go over 10 because long-term salt exposure is similar to long-term antibiotic exposure for humans, it reduces the effectiveness in the future. And the daily 100% water changes with the new, aquarium salted water every change are important...water quality is essential when battling fin rot.
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Old 05-17-2011, 12:23 AM   #9 
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Alrighty. This is the last question, will sea salt work?
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No, never treat a freshwater fish with sea salt.
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