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Old 03-29-2012, 10:31 PM   #1 
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Please HELP Kitara!


The girlfriend of my Redfish has been sick for a long time and we don't know what else to do! Please help!

When we got here she had small fin rot. We first treated with clean, salted water and changes. Than we did a few days with methelene blue. Than 2 weeks of Fungus Guard. Than 2 cycles of Maracyn-TC. And now we are on Fungus Guard again. I don't know what else to do!
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Old 03-31-2012, 09:14 AM   #2 
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Old 03-31-2012, 09:16 AM   #3 
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Aw, I don't know what to tell you... She looks pretty mesed up. She's been like this for weeks?

I'm no expert but it might be too difficult to restore her to full health at this point.
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Old 03-31-2012, 09:24 AM   #4 
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Progressively getting worse. The medication absolutly slows the process but it seems inevitable at this point.
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Old 03-31-2012, 09:34 AM   #5 
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Can you please fill out this information form so we can better help identify the disease and treat it successfully, along with preventing it. At the given time it seems as if to be a very progressed case if fin rot, or a horrible attack, and a slight fungus infection


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Housing
What size is your tank?
What temperature is your tank?
Does your tank have a filter?
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration?
Is your tank heated?
What tank mates does your betta fish live with?

Food

What type of food do you feed your betta fish?
How often do you feed your betta fish?

Maintenance

How often do you perform a water change?
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change?
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change?

Water Parameters:

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

Ammonia:

Nitrite:
Nitrate:
pH:
Hardness:
Alkalinity:

Symptoms and Treatment

How has your betta fish's appearance changed?
How has your betta fish's behavior changed?
When did you start noticing the symptoms?
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how?
Does your fish have any history of being ill?
How old is your fish (approximately)?
Fin Rot Information

Symptoms
-Ripped tails, bloodshot, black edged, or has a fuzzy white appearance in the edge
-The Betta will become unusually inactive
-Won't eat
-Looks pale, and looses lots of color

Causes
This profilic disease is caused by stressful water conditions primarily but here are a few main examples of the conditions it is most likely found in

-Poor water quality with unacceptable amounts of ammonia, along with nitrites and nitrates
-Nippy tankmates
-Incompatible tankmates
-Tailbiting
-Plastic plants ripping fins constantly
-Over feeding
-Over crowding
-Sometimes after a disease, while the bettas immune system is low it can strike unexpectedly

Treatment

This disease is most commonly treated with mainly

-daily water changes of around 25-50 so more diseases dont settle in while the Betta is vulnerable
-a high quality fin rot treatment. Use tetracycline or Ampicillin for the best possible results

Prevention
-Keep the water clean
-don't over feed
-choose the right tankmates
-make sure that the bettas fins are always in the best shape
-keep the water heated
-change the water weekly

Fungal Disease Information

Symptoms
White, or fuzzy growths on the outside of fish
Fish has become less active
Won't eat
Diluted colors
Patches of white

Treatment
This disease is very common with stressed fish and is cured with Higher levels of added salt, easing the temperature within the tank to 80 will also help. But no higher than 82. If the disease progresses then invest in a high quality fungus treatment to help aid the treatment, if that doesn't work then I highly suggest that you either euthanize the fish or heavily Medicate, sterilize, and heat the temp even higher within the tank

Cause
There are many factors to what causes this specific disease but it's similar to many others.
-poor water quality, like high ammonia, and nitrites along with unecxeptable Amounts of nitrates
-stressful tankmates and constant nipping
-being battered around by flow
-not acclimated properly
-stressful housing
Are all main factors to the disease as they all lead to a lowered immune system which leaves all fish helpless towards all diseases

Prevention
-Keep the water clean
-don't over feed
-choose the right tankmates
-keep parameters optimal
-keep the water heated
-change the water weekly, or as needed
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Old 03-31-2012, 09:47 AM   #6 
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Housing
What size is your tank?
4gal
What temperature is your tank?
75-80
Does your tank have a filter?
yes
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?
pellets and frozen brine shrimps
How often do you feed your betta fish?
1ce per day

Maintenance

How often do you perform a water change?
half every other day and full 1ce per week
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change?
half
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change?
aquasafe plus, aquarium salt

Water Parameters:

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

Ammonia:
untested
Nitrite: 0
Nitrate: 0
pH: 7.2-7.8
Hardness: 75-150
Alkalinity: 120

Symptoms and Treatment

How has your betta fish's appearance changed?
fins rotted, black edges, white spots, discoloration.

How has your betta fish's behavior changed?
increasingly lethargic

When did you start noticing the symptoms?
6 weeks ago

Have you started treating your fish? If so, how?
When we got here she had small fin rot. We first treated with clean, salted water and changes. Than we did a few days with methelene blue. Than 2 weeks of Fungus Guard. Than 2 cycles of Maracyn-TC. And now we are on Fungus Guard again.

Does your fish have any history of being ill?
yes

How old is your fish (approximately)?
ive had her for 2 months
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Old 03-31-2012, 03:43 PM   #7 
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She is now having trouble swimming and is appearing dead at times. So the decision has been made.

Kitara has been euthanized :[ There will be a funeral tomorrow morning :[

Thanks everyone for help.
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Old 04-02-2012, 09:56 AM   #8 
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I'm so sorry for your loss :( Sometimes it's the kindest thing to do when our little friends are suffering.
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