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Hello everyone. I am new here and hoping to get some help. This is my daughter’s male Dumbo betta. His fins are melting(?) or rotting? This all started within and got to this point within four days. We have done a full water change and filter change, treated with an antibiotic, but he is getting worse. He is swimming stiffly. What is this? We put him in a tank with nothing to quarantine him. He has no tank mates. Can I save him?
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Housing:
How many gallons is your tank? 1
Does it have a filter? Yes
Does it have a heater? No
What temperature is your tank? 75-80
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? No
Does your Betta have tank mates? What kind? No

Food:
What food brand do you use? Topfin and Betta Dial A Treat
Do you feed flakes or pellets? pellets
Freeze-dried? Blood worms, mysis, daphenia
How often do you feed your Betta? How much? 2-3 times per day, 3-4 pieces

Maintenance:
Before
your Betta became ill how often did you perform a water change? Every two weeks
What percentage of water did you change? 100%
What is the source of your water? Tap water with betta fix
Do you vacuum the substrate or just dip out water? Dump it all
What additives do you use other than conditioner? API Quick Start
What brand of conditioner? Betta H2O or Topfin

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.
-we only have API strips-
Ammonia: 0
Ammonia: 0
Nitrite: 0
Nitrate: 0
pH: 6.8-7.8
Hardness (GH): 150
Alkalinity (KH): 120-180

Symptoms and Treatment:
When did you first notice the symptoms? 4 days ago
How has your Betta’s appearance changed? Yes
How has your Betta’s behavior changed? Yes
Is your Betta still eating? No
Have you started treating your Betta? If so, how? Yes with API Melafix then switched to Pimafix today after 100% water change
Does your Betta have any history of being ill? No
How long have you owned your Betta? Since 6/12/22 (PetSmart)
Was he or she ill or suffering some sort of damage when purchased? No
 

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Hello everyone. I am new here and hoping to get some help. This is my daughter’s male Dumbo betta. His fins are melting(?) or rotting? This all started within and got to this point within four days. We have done a full water change and filter change, treated with an antibiotic, but he is getting worse. He is swimming stiffly. What is this? We put him in a tank with nothing to quarantine him. He has no tank mates. Can I save him?
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Hello everyone. I am new here and hoping to get some help. This is my daughter’s male Dumbo betta. His fins are melting(?) or rotting? This all started within and got to this point within four days. We have done a full water change and filter change, treated with an antibiotic, but he is getting worse. He is swimming stiffly. What is this? We put him in a tank with nothing to quarantine him. He has no tank mates. Can I save him?
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Hi, My Bettas going through the same Started with Fin Rot then developed into a Bacteria Infection. I just used API Meds for Fin Rot Internal & External infections also looks like your Betta developed Inflamed Gills (Secondary Infection) which is probably why he's at the bottom. I hope this helps. Good thing is this can be Cured. 💙🙏🏼
 

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Before you introduced your betta to the new tank, did you cycle the tank? From my experience, fin rot usually happens when an aquarium's parameters are poor or unstable leading to stress in the fish. This stress can lower his immune system and leave him susceptible to diseases and infections like fin rot. Keeping the water stable is easier in a bigger tank, I would highly encourage you to consider getting a bigger tank (5 gallons absolute minimum) as I personally believe 1 gallon is far too small for him to live happily. Also be careful with 100% water changes as the sudden change in water can stress him even further. Also since you were keeping him in a small tank, 2 week water changes is way too infrequent. Depending on your water parameters, I would probably be changing out 20% of the water every 2 or 3 days.

As to what you can do now is keep monitoring him and the water parameters. Keep the temperature stable at around 75-80 degrees Fahrenheit . Fin rot is absolutely treatable. Ammonia and nitrites are highly dangerous to any fish so if you detect any on the API strips, it's time for a partial water change (not 100%). Nitrates are safer and only get dangerous when in high concentrations of 70ppm. If you can get your hands on Indian Almond leaves, that would be great. It's a leaf that provides natural anti bacterial and fungal properties and has helped my bettas. You can use those with the medication. Just boil it for about 10-15 minutes, let it cool down to match the temperature of the tank and treat it with water conditioner before adding it to the tank when doing a water change. It'll turn the water brown but that's normal. Also when using medications, be sure your filter doesn't have any activated carbon as that removes medications in your aquarium.
 
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