My delta-tail Betta splenden has a fin disease I cannot get rid of! Please help if you can, its driving me crazy, and now I've even got recurring nightmares of losing the fish! :sad:
HOW IT HAPPENED:
Before this splenden there was another. Maskil.
A few months after bringing him home from the pet store (PetCo? PetSmart? Yes one of those), I noticed a mysterious chunk of fin missing! Noooo! So I treated him and he got better. But it returned like a zombie from the grave! Horrifying! For two years, it came back over and over and over and over!!!!!! For a sick fish, Maskil lived a long time, but only because I relentlessly fought against his disease. And when I went away to travel the globe for 6 weeks, Maskil got very sick, and finally died while I was flying back home from Africa.
After Maskil died, I found a new friend and named him Marmalade.
Marmalade is imported from a breeder in Taiwan and purchased from "The Betta Store" in Minneapolis, MN. He was bred with good genetics, and has been completely spoiled his entire life. He's also awesome. Just look at that awesome fish. Anyway, I think he has caught "The Incurable Disease of Doom" from poor Maskil, and Marmalade's fanciness is no match for it. He's now been sick for months despite my trying EVERYTHING.
WHAT HAVE I DONE??
Well, I'll tell you. Maskil was treated with P.M. Erethromycin and tiny amounts of aquarium salt. He was given %100 water-changes every day or every other day (not accounting form my eventual laziness after months of this), and YES, the filter was removed! His eventual death happened in the care of a non-fish-person who did not medicate him at all.
Marmalade has had everything. 1.5 gal hospital tank. 91 degree F water (33 C). Full-strength aquarium salt. Daily water changes. Erethromycin. "Melafix" API anti-bacterial. "Primafix" API anti-fungal. "Stress-coat" API aloe-vera-powered-dechlorinator and Indian almond leaves to bulk up that slime coating. AND THIS CRAZY FIN ROT IS STILL ZOMBIFYING MY FISH. Whyyyyyyyyyyyy????????
Both fish live(d) in a 5 gallon tank all to themselves. No tankmates. Nothing. Only several freshwater plants that I got looong AFTER the first fish got sick. The tank and all the gravel/decorations were boiled or rinsed with boiling hot water repeatedly after Maskil died, and then the entire fishless tank was subjected to 10 gl worth of erethromycin before anything new was introduced. My freshwater plants were not boiled, but they got entirely new soil and a good dose of antibiotics along with the tank. How did my new fish get this disease??? I DON'T KNOW.