Originally Posted by Oldfishlady
What are your numbers for-ammonia, nitrite, nitrate and pH
The 6gal filtered tank running for about a month and so it should be about cycled....the water prams will tell you, however, depending on the number and species of plants and use of Prime (all good by the way) some numbers may be skewed...but in a good way...lol.....
Can you post a pic
Are the fin edges discolored, misshaped, crusty...etc......any behavior changes like lethargy, hiding, flashing...etc.....what kind of food...good that he has a healthy appetite... and you are sure he is not tail biting.......black around the edges don't always mean fin rot...sometimes it is new growth, normal pigment...etc.....a pic would help a lot.....
Careful with too many products added as they can make the fish toxic...also it is better to treat in a small QT container and not the display tank especially with live plants......
Okay - so I just did a partial water change when I got home. I let it filter for a little while and then tested the water. My readings are as follows:
pH: around 6.8
High pH: 7.4m
His fins are literally disintigrating...I can see bits of them in plants and on the bottom of the tank
I'm posting a few pics here so that you can see what's going on. Two days ago they were much fuller and the outer edges turned black...then yesterday they started falling apart. It doesn't look like there has been much more falling out today but I'm afraid that if I don't turn this around, it's going to be a HUGE problem for him. Last week when he was sick, he was laying on his side and on his head at the bottom of the tank, flashing and hiding for hours on end. Long story short, I figured out that his pH was really high and changed the water a bit to bring it down slightly. The guy at the pet store said it was so high that it probably burned his gills (they looked horrible last week - but they've almost totally healed now). I think his fins are the risidual fallout from whatever was wrong with his water last week. He's definitely not biting his tail - I've been looked out for that...there's too much loss for him to reach all of the fins where spots are missing. I've been using PimaFix and Melafix because they are natural products that will not cause harm to the aquarium plants or the pH. They are actually designed to be used together. I am very hesitant in introducting the antibiotic that I bought today. I bought it in case I found myself in a dire situation with no other options (it's supposed to work really well on fin rot). I contacted Seachems today and asked them if it was safe to use on Bettas and they confirmed that it is. Oh and he eats Betta Bio-Gold (a couple of pellets in the Am and a couple in the Pm).