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Old 08-28-2011, 09:10 PM   #1 
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Suspect Fin Rot, what else should I do?

Hello!
I noticed today that my betta, Digby, has a chunk missing out of his tail. It's not large yet, but the edges are red, and the rest of his fins look a little ragged too. I read the "disease and treatment" thread at the top of the page, and added 3 1/2 teaspoons of aquarium salt as recommended. Tomorrow, I'm moving him to a 1.5 gallon bowl with new water to make the water changes easier, and so I can keep a better eye on him. Is there anything else I can/should do?
Housing
What size is your tank? 3.5 gallons
What temperature is your tank? 70 degrees
Does your tank have a filter? no
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? no
Is your tank heated? yes
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? none.

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Hikari betta gold
How often do you feed your betta fish? 4-5 pellets once a day.

Maintenance

How often do you perform a water change? every other day
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? about 20 to 30%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Tetra aqua safe plus.

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

Ammonia: 0
Nitrite: n/a
Nitrate:0
pH: 7.4!
Hardness: n/a
Alkalinity: n/a

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? Chunk out of tail with red edges.
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? it hasn't changed at all. He's still active.
When did you start noticing the symptoms? today
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? Yes, 3.5 teaspoons of aquarium salt in his tank.
Does your fish have any history of being ill? Not in the time that I've had him.
How old is your fish (approximately)? I've had him for just over 2 weeks.

Any help would be seriously appreciated. Thanks! :)

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Old 08-28-2011, 09:47 PM   #2 
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For fin rot, you'll want to do 100% changes daily since you've got aq salt in with him already. It might be easiest to put him in a smaller container so changing his water daily will be easier. You could also raise the temperature to around 78* too.

Premix the aq salt and change his water every day with it. Continue until the fin rot is gone or for a max of 10 days.
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Old 08-29-2011, 04:32 PM   #3 
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Thank you so much for your help! I moved him to the bowl this morning, and added the right amount of salt for that, so we'll see how it goes. :)
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Old 08-29-2011, 05:05 PM   #4 
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Definately bring the temp up, a lower temp will soon bring on a lethargic fish among other issues. 78 - 82 is the best, most flourish 80-82. Other then that, Pata has you covered. Good luck =)
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