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Hi there! I have a beautiful Betta fish in my classroom that I bought at the beginning of the year. I noticed after Christmas break (when his tank was very dirty) that he seems to have developed the beginning stages of finrot. At one point, he was on his side and looking very close to death. I feel like an awful caretaker! I immediately cleaned his tank and he has since perked up a bit. I have checked the water chemicals and everything is great (pH is a little low, I'm working on correcting it).

However, I have looked into BettaFix to correct the finrot, but have since read so many bad things about it. I read Aquarium Salt can be beneficial, but that he would need a 90% water change each day with it over the course of 10 days. My fish immediately stresses out when the water is changed and I'm worried that could make his condition worse. I also can't get into school over the weekends so it would be very difficult to change his water each day for 10 days. I've also heard just a water change can help with fin rot, but it seems it is progressing even with his most recent water change. I'm unsure what to do here: should I try a mild dose of BettaFix and hope it will help (knowing that it can be toxic and kill fish) or should I do Aquarium Salt, try to change his water each day for 5 days (not coming in on weekends) and then another 5 days and hope it helps (knowing I can't come in on weekends and that water changes majorly stress him out)?

I need fish help!!!

1) 25 litres, Espresso the betta,2) 60 litres with 2 blue rams and 6 tetras,3) my cat!
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Hi I am sorry your baby is not feeling well! Can you please fill this out so everyone can give the best advice possible? Thank you and I hope we can figure out what is happening with your baby!

Many illnesses can be traced to water conditions. Your water-changing schedule is the most important element in diagnosing. Please be honest.

How many gallons is your tank?
Does it have a filter?
Does it have a heater?
What temperature is your tank?
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration?
Does your Betta have tank mates? What kind?

What food brand do you use?
Do you feed flakes or pellets?
How often do you feed your Betta? How much?

Before your Betta became ill how often did you perform a water change?
What percentage of water did you change?
What is the source of your water?
Do you vacuum the substrate or just dip out water?
What additives do you use other than conditioner? What brand of conditioner?

Water Parameters:
What are your water parameters? Please give exact numbers. If tested by pet store please get exact numbers. "Fine" or "Safe" won't help us help you. Important: Test your water before the regular water change; not after one.

Hardness (GH):
Alkalinity (KH):

Symptoms and Treatment:
When did you first notice the symptoms?
How has your Betta’s appearance changed?
How has your Betta’s behavior changed?
Is your Betta still eating?
Have you started treating your Betta? If so, how?
Does your Betta have any history of being ill?
How long have you owned your Betta?
Was he or she ill or suffering some sort of damage when purchased?


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Can you provide us with a photo? Fin rot is the most misdiagnosed illness here on the boards so it may not be fin rot at all. If you can fill out the form to the best of your ability and we can see if it is in fact fin rot, we can then offer treatment advice.
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