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Old 06-01-2011, 03:53 AM   #1 
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How do I help her?

I felt bad that I did not take her home with me a few days ago, so I went back to walmart and she was still there.

I think this is really bad fin rot, but I'm not sure. She has some aquarium salt, IAL and stress coat in with her. I'm not sure what else to do.

Her other fins seem OK.

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Old 06-01-2011, 04:29 AM   #2 
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Defininetly fin-rot. I think food like bloodworms and brine shrimp to help her get her energy back will help a lot. Could you please fill out the sticky threads forum though?
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Old 06-01-2011, 04:47 AM   #3 
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I didnt fill out the form since i just took her home tonight. Havent even had her 3 hours yet.

ETA

What size is your tank? .5 gallon till next wed then it will be a 3 gallon
What temperature is your tank? 82
Does your tank have a filter? no
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? no
Is your tank heated? no need ATM, temp stays at 82 even at night because it is so damn hot in here.
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? none

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Hiraki pellets, no idea what walmart fed her
How often do you feed your betta fish? 1-2 times a day

Maintenance

How often do you perform a water change? every day
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? about 90
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? stress coat, betta bowl plus, salt, IAL

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

Ammonia: .25 I think there is ammonia in my tap. even after 100% changes it reads .25
Nitrite:
Nitrate:
pH: 7.8
Hardness: very hard
Alkalinity:

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed?
How has your betta fish's behavior changed?
When did you start noticing the symptoms?
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how?
Does your fish have any history of being ill?
How old is your fish (approximately)? No idea

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Old 06-01-2011, 11:25 AM   #4 
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Others on here have suggested using Prime to condition your water if there is ammonia in it coming out of the tap. That's about the only (possible) extra thing you could be doing for her! How does she seem to be doing?

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Old 06-01-2011, 02:07 PM   #5 
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I almost wanna say that its NOT rot...Its too clean. That looks like an injury, like it was sliced.
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Old 06-01-2011, 02:28 PM   #6 
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I'd kinda think injury too. Because, like you said, none of her other fins are scraggly. Her rays are fine on her other fins. Either way, clean water, salt and good food should work out fine. She's kinda thin.

Prime is GREAT for ammonia in your tap (and it might be ammonium your reading, the test can't tell). I get a .25 reading too on the tap. I use Prime.
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Old 06-01-2011, 02:49 PM   #7 
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Agreed, that looks like an injury, not fin rot. Continue the daily water changes, IAL and salt treatment. Do the salt treatment for a couple of days to prevent infection then stop. She doesn't need it long term.

You can use Prime and Stress Coat at the same time. You want the healing power of the stress coat but if you have ammonia in your tap you'll want to add Prime too.

Switch to frozen blood worm/brine shrimp/glassworms and a high protein betta food. Hikari is not very good for a healing, starving fish.

Good luck and keep us posted, it sounds like you're on top of things.
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Old 06-01-2011, 02:51 PM   #8 
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^ and if you cant get live (I know I cant, booo), try flake. They have a much higher protein content than most pellets you find, usually around 48% as compared to 40-42%. Just clean up the mess from them to keep the tank clean.
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Old 06-01-2011, 03:27 PM   #9 
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I almost wanna say that its NOT rot...Its too clean. That looks like an injury, like it was sliced.
Ya know, both her and the other fish I got 3 or so days ago both look like their anal fins have been sliced with an Xacto knife. I'm guessing they were in the same shipment. There was also another female and she looked almost identical - like someone sliced her tail.

This is Magikarp. To me it looks like someone cut his tail. It's not raggidy and it looks almost like someone tried to make it slight triangle shape. People on ultimatebettas.com suggest maybe it was ammonia burns?


Anyways, she seems to be a happy fish. She is active and eats. I hope her fin grows back soon because it really looks like 1/2 a fish when she swims and it kinda creeps me out.

I have betta bowl plus which is supposed to take care of the ammonia or so the package said.
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Old 06-01-2011, 05:24 PM   #10 
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Meh, that stuff can be crap sometimes.. check it to make sure, or get a live plant in there to suck it all up. Some plants can even tolerate brackish (salty) water, so they can be left in during salt treatments.

Sometimes (horribly), when being cupped, their tails are carelessly caught and snipped...Ive also heard of people, ones with no business cutting tails, have cut them to make them look better for sale or to disguise disease.

Tails can be cut with VERY sharp instruments, but only by people who legitimately know what theyre doing... Its not the most pleasant thing, either, but sometimes its better for the fish.

With that said, yeahhh, salt, love and noms a happy (albeit, stubby) fish make. <3

Moar pics when she's better!
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