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Old 10-21-2011, 01:45 PM   #1 
phishfood
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Help please! Fin rot?

Housing
What size is your tank?
5 gallons
What temperature is your tank?
78 degrees
Does your tank have a filter?
yes
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration?
no
Is your tank heated?
no
What tank mates does your betta fish live with?
none

Food
attisons betta pro, frozen bloodworms, brine shrimp, daphnia, etc.
What type of food do you feed your betta fish?
Frozen and pellets.
How often do you feed your betta fish?
2x a day.

Maintenance
How often do you perform a water change?
one a week.
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change?
25%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change?
water conditioner, indian almond leaf.

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

Ammonia:0
Nitrite:
Nitrate:
pH:
Hardness:
Alkalinity:

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed?
Fins are torn, but only on the back fin.
How has your betta fish's behavior changed?
It hasn't
When did you start noticing the symptoms?
4 days ago.
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how?
Aquarium salt.
Does your fish have any history of being ill?
Only had him for a few weeks.
How old is your fish (approximately)?
Not sure, maybe 1 year?

So I'd noticed a tear in my bettas fin recently, didn't think much of it and figured it was a blown fin. He's just started blowing a bubble nest this week and I noticed he's been extra aggressive, so I figured he'd been flaring too much. I've noticed that its been getting worse and he's split it all the way down, also some fraying, but its only on his back fin. He's also been hanging around the filter lately and I thought he might've been getting it caught in the filter. But I did some research and now I'm wondering if its fin rot?? I've just tested his water and its perfectly clear, but not sure? Is it possible it is from over-flaring? Anyways I have a small tub of water heating up that I will put him in if it is fin rot, thing is the weather here is freezing so it might take a while to warm up!

Btw, if it is fin rot, and I put him in the hospital tank, will I have to completely clear out my tank? Just nervous because its a planted tank and I don't want to totally disassemble it!

Thank you for the help!!!

and I've attached a picture- you can see its only the back fin and theres some red on the edges of the fin.
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Old 10-21-2011, 01:58 PM   #2 
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From the look of the picture, I'm guessing fin blow out, it's caused by over flaring. IF he has fin rot, the edges of his tail will turn black, or possibly reddish (more likely black), and the fins/tail will shrink, or become thinner, possibly develop pin holes in them.

Your best treatment option, well best conservative treatment option is to keep his water extra clean. If you want to leave him in his current home, then just add 2 extra cleanings a week, or possibly every other day until you detect new growth.

If you have stress coat, feel free to add a little bit (IME it helps with fin healing). But otherwise it sounds like your normal routine will be just fine to help him heal up.
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Old 10-21-2011, 02:07 PM   #3 
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Hi silverfang,

Thank you for the reply!

Yes I was guessing blown fins as well, as it seems to mostly continue down the ray of his fin and is only on his caudal fin. The edges are a little red, but not black. I was just a little worried because it looked like there was some fraying happening but I have noticed he has been extra aggresive this week which is when the fraying started happening. Might quarantine him anyways just as a precaution!
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Old 10-21-2011, 02:13 PM   #4 
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If you QT him anything 1gal or smaller, I'd suggest some daily water changes. If the edges start turning black you might have to add some AQ salt, but usually extra water changes will prevent the rot from setting in.
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