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Old 08-08-2011, 12:56 AM   #1 
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Unhappy Fin biting, fin rot or something else

Hello all! My beta, Ula, is not looking good D:

His story with me:
I got him a month or so ago and have been trying my BEST to make him healthy and happy. So far: I am a failure ... He got bloated and miss colored fins. I gave him a salt bath and he seemed better! Then I had to leave for a week to my grandma under my Dad's care. I don't know what all he did. The 2nd time I took him for a salt bath to make sure he was recovered, I dropped his tank with him in it. He is still recovering when I had to go to another state to hep my sister. My Mom watched him that time.

When I got back, his fins are RIPPED!!! There is nothing in his tank that is sharp.Its looks like something is eating it, but it doesn't have any spots or anything different other then ripped fin...

Housing
What size is your tank? 1/2 gal, will be moving him to a 2 gal soon
What temperature is your tank? no idea
Does your tank have a filter? no
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? no
Is your tank heated? going to be when he is moved, but not now
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? none

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? flaks, dryed beta bugs
How often do you feed your betta fish? once a day

Maintenance
How often do you perform a water change? every week ( I'm so BAD)
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 100
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? contioner

Water Parameters:
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters? none

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? fin is ripped, not there
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? agressive
When did you start noticing the symptoms? Today a few hours ago when I got home
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? none D:
Does your fish have any history of being ill? yes...
How old is your fish (approximately)? No idea

I am going to change his water soon and maybe give him a salt bath. I saw that he could be biting his own tail ...
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Old 08-08-2011, 01:05 AM   #2 
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With a half gallon you should do daily water changes, it looks to me like tail bitting but Im not 100% sure
I would go ahead and start treating him with AQ salt just in case (1 tsp per gallon of water), you will need to do 100% water changes EVERYDAY, and dont forget to use water conditionor!!
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Old 08-08-2011, 01:12 AM   #3 
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I do know about the water :D... What is AQ salt (derp) ? Can I use fine sea salt with no iodide or esmon salt? That is all I have.

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Old 08-08-2011, 01:24 AM   #4 
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AQ is aquarium salt, its really cheap (my bottle cost $2 from Walmart)

Espom lt is used for SBD (Swim I have heard of some people using sea salt/uniodized salt... I havent peronally tried it so dont know for sure, however, if your water conditionor also has coat conditionor (API brand does) then you can increase the dosage of that and it will help repair fin damage, constant water changes are a must as the damged fins can become infected
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Old 08-08-2011, 01:26 AM   #5 
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AQ salt is aquarium salt. It helps with the fins and externally.

I've read around here that salt is ok so long as there is NO iodine and NO caking agents. I wouldn't trust my mind or that advice unless it was from Oldfishlady or Darkmoon.

for now you can keep his water extra clean by doing daily water changes and then put aquarium salt in at 1-2 tsp/gal whenever you get it. I wouldn't trust any other kinds of salt, but I'm also naturally inclined to be suspicious and nervous.

Moving him to the two gallon might solve his tail biting problems since it will be bigger, less stressful, and new. Try moving decorations around every now and then and toys like bottle caps and large buttons. I've personally had success with tying a button to a string and moving it around the tank for my bettas to chase and bite. I've heard ping pong balls are good toys too.
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Old 08-08-2011, 01:31 AM   #6 
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I will move him when I get more fake plants and gravel. Do I just add a 1/2 tsp to the tank or salt bath him?
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Old 08-08-2011, 01:33 AM   #7 
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Add 1/2 tsp to his tank and leave it in with him until his next water change (Should be tomorrow). If fin rot does set in and the edges of his fins turn reddish, then up the dosage to1 tsp for the tank he's in now and increase water changes if you're not doing them daily.

Only use the aquarium salt for a max of 10 days before giving him I would say at least a week's break from any salt.
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Old 08-08-2011, 01:34 AM   #8 
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Add 1 tsp or 2 tsp of salt to one gallon of water (start off with 1tsp)
keep him in that for at least one week, thenyou can put him in his new tank but you will need to keep up with water changes
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Old 08-08-2011, 01:38 AM   #9 
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Okay! Will do!

Thanks :D
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Old 08-08-2011, 01:46 AM   #10 
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No problem!!!!
Good luck!!!!
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