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Old 03-31-2012, 08:18 PM   #1 
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Can't figure out if Mr.Fishburne is sick or not

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I've had my crowntail betta, Mr. Fishburne, for about 3 months. I keep him in a one gallon cube, heated to 76-77 degrees. I usually do 100% water changes once to twice weekly. I use Prime conditioner in his water.

About 1 month ago, I decided to try using a cup to remove him instead of a net, thinking it would be safer...well, I accidentally caught some ray tips from his anal fin between the cup edge and the side of the tank and broke them off!! Now, I've been noticing that the webbing on his anal fin looks somewhat transparent. The picture of him flaring is from before the "cupping" incident.

I've started adding 1/2 tsp Aquarium salt to his water and I have been using Bettafix for the last five days. I haven't seen any change. There are no dark edges like what I hear about with finrot. Does anyone have any ideas after looking at the pictures? Thanks so much.
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Old 03-31-2012, 08:20 PM   #2 
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The transparent effects are most likely due to healing as when most bettas go through growing or healing fins they grow back clear while the color up later in time
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Old 03-31-2012, 08:26 PM   #3 
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More Info on Mr. Fishburne

Sorry, just saw this information:

Housing
What size is your tank? 1 gallon
What temperature is your tank? 76-77 degrees F
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? TopFin Color Enhancing Betta Bits
How often do you feed your betta fish? 2 pellets twice a day

Maintenance

How often do you perform a water change? once to twice a week
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? aquarium salt and Prime

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

Ammonia: 0%
Nitrite:
Nitrate:
pH: 8.2
Hardness:
Alkalinity:

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? webbing between rays transparent, especially on anal fin
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? none
When did you start noticing the symptoms? about a week ago
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? yes, aquarium salt, bettafix
Does your fish have any history of being ill? no
How old is your fish (approximately)? I bought him about 3 months ago
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Old 04-01-2012, 09:14 AM   #4 
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Thanks for the reply Mo, I hope that you're right.
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Old 04-01-2012, 09:48 AM   #5 
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bettafix/melafix/pimafix any thing that ends in fix arent recommended medications. Although Im currently using melafix with Antione, because it was all i had :/ with these medications i was told theyre normally not bad for their labrynth organ as long as you dont overdose them. Make sure you know how much water is in your tank (its not what the box said when you got it. mine said 5.5 and really its about 4.6) and use just a little less than whats called for. you have a 1 gal so it shouldnt be too much of a difference. Also i dont think i would use both salt and bettafix at the same time. But finish out your bettafix treatment so if there is any bacteria it cant build up immunity. Just be careful. Are you premixing the salt before adding it? and how much are you using?

I really hope your little guy gets better! Im currently having troubles with my boy Antione but things are starting to look up after asking around on here :)
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Old 04-01-2012, 01:45 PM   #6 
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Yes, I am premixing the salt in hot water...I've been using 1/2 tsp. Thanks for your reply.
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Old 04-01-2012, 01:47 PM   #7 
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I think he'll be fine. He's a great looking guy.
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Old 04-01-2012, 01:53 PM   #8 
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i usually hear about 1 tsp per gallon. dont know if you should add more or not but thats usually whats recommended it seems. you said the fins were transparent... maybe its just the pictures but they dont seem any more transparent than the first one... hows he doing now?
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Normally both Epsom and Aquarium salt are 1 teaspoon per gallon and can be upped to 3 in extreme cases but if you want to use less, I dont think that will be a problem. Just dont use the aquarium salt for more then 10-14 days because it can cause internal damage and will be come less effective if constantly used.

Also be careful with the "fix" meds. As mentioned already they can damage their breathing organ. Maybe use a tad less then the recommended dose?

I cant tell from the pics but are you saying his fins are loosing color, like the color is becoming duller OR is it the damaged area of the fin that is clear? If so, that's most likely new growth.

Also-you may want to up the water changes to 2 a week. one 50% and one 100%.
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Old 04-01-2012, 05:24 PM   #10 
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also, is he still eating fine?
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