Originally Posted by Myates
Handsome boy you have..
It looks to be as if he has fin rot going on, possible fin melt.
Is that a 10 gallon tank? How often do you do water changes, and the % of water when you do? Or is it a new tank that was set up last Wed?
If it is a new tank, did his fins look like that before you placed him in there? And if so, what size tank and the water change schedule was the old one?
What tablet did you place in there?
For fin rot you are going to want to place him in a QT container or small tank - half gallon and up - something easy for you to do daily 100% water changes while in treatment.
It's pretty severe so I recommend starting out doing 2 teaspoons of Aquarium Salt per gallon (dissolve it in water before adding your guy in it otherwise you will risk burning him), daily 100% water changes with new treated water- you have to do the daily water changes, if not then over exposing and over salting could easily cause internal damage. Treatment for no longer then 10 days.
Even a smaller tupperware container that you can float/tape to the inside of the tank to keep it warm will work. Making sure there is a cover over it so he won't jump- plastic cover with slight ventilation or seran wrap taped over it with holes punched in.
You can use an empty and clean gallon water jug to help premix the solution to make water changes easier on you.
Don't forget the water conditioner.
I recommend using liquid water conditioner if that is what the tablets are for- they are clear and work instantly. For a tank that size I recommend 30-50% water change per week with weekly vacuuming of the bottom to remove debris.
New larger tanks like that will become cloudy as they are trying to set up a cycle- test your water with a kit or take it into a Petsmart/PetCo and get it tested for free often and regularly.. it can take weeks for a proper cycle to establish, but in the meantime you can have jumps in ammonia/nitrate/ites that can become harmful and when they happen you will have to do a water change.
Thanks that's what I was scared it might be.
The tablet was a water clarifier, i just picked up some accu clear today and put it in to get the cloudy stuff to go away and before i put it in was when i noticed his fins acting funny.
I think the tablet is what caused all that debris it wasn't there before i put it in.
I'll pick up the aq salt tomorrow