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Old 07-21-2011, 09:48 AM   #1 
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Does my dragonscale have fin rot or is it just tail biting

So yeah i posted this thread just in the wrong place. Anyways i need help diagnosing what he has. What does fin rot look like and what are the best ways to treat his fins? So can someone please tell me whats wrong with him. I sound worried because this is my first fish and dont want him to die early.

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Old 07-21-2011, 09:52 AM   #2 
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1) Is there black edging on his fins?
2) Does it look like big rips?
3) What tail type was he labeled as?
4) He doesn't look like a dragon to me :/
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i actually dont know the tail type. when i got him he was under the dragonscale category.
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Old 07-21-2011, 10:07 AM   #4 
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Hmm, he looks like a HM or delta to me. Dragonscale means that they have thick scaling- which I don't see on him.

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Old 07-21-2011, 10:19 AM   #5 
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What size is your tank? 2.5
What temperature is your tank? constant 76
Does your tank have a filter? yes
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? nope
Is your tank heated? no because of the constant 76 degrees
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? none

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? hikari gold
How often do you feed your betta fish? twice a day

Maintenance
How often do you perform a water change? every week
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 50%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? just water conditioner

Parameters are all at good levels.

How has your betta fish's appearance changed? Just the fins
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? no
When did you start noticing the symptoms? couple weeks ago
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? No
Does your fish have any history of being ill? no
How old is your fish (approximately)? i think 1.5 or 2 years old

His tail looks kinda shreded. How do you heal it
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Old 07-21-2011, 10:31 AM   #6 
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I don't think your parameters are "all at good levels" considering all you do is a 50% water change once a week.
I think he has fin rot.
In a 2.5 gal you need to be doing one 50% and one 100% water change one a week.
To help heal his fins, you can use API Aquarium Salt for 7-10 days. The dose is 1 tsp./ per gal. So you would use 2.5 tsp.- with 100% water changed DAILY and replacing the salt after each change for up to 10 days.
This will help with fin re-growth. It's also best to let the salt dilute into a cup of warm water before adding it.
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Old 07-21-2011, 10:40 AM   #7 
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could you try to get a better photo of his tail, it may also be tail biting...
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Old 07-21-2011, 10:43 AM   #8 
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Either way, AQ salt will help...
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Old 07-21-2011, 10:48 AM   #9 
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here is a closer look.
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Tail biting? Looks like it.
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