Hello and welcome. My name is ***** ***** I’m a biologist with over 20 years of experience keeping fish. I’m sorry to hear about this problem. Unfortunately, severe fin rot infections have become very common in bettas. Please do send yurt picture of him. You can upload a photo by clicking on the paper clip icon in the toolbar at the top of the space where you type. Instructions should pop up. Thank you.
Hi Joanne. Your pictures just came through. I’ll take a look and be right back.
Ok, that does look like fin rot. Besides being ragged, there is some whiteness on the edges, which is another symptom. It was good to remove the decorations. They do commonly tear fins that way, and then fin rot takes hold on the damaged tissue. You do a great job of keeping the tank and water optimal.
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Now we have to decide what to do. The Indian Almond leaves are a folk remedy, with no real evidence that they help. Bettafix is a mild antibiotic. You could use it along with aquarium salt. If you choose that route, add one teaspoon of salt per gallon of water. Some people get good results with this method, but others find they have to go with something stronger. That would be Kanaplex. You could choose just to start with it. Whichever method you decide on, also add some StressCoat to the water to help restore his slime coat. Just follow the instructions on the bottle.
You can decide which protocol you are more comfortable with. If you have more concerns, just let me know. I’m glad to help.
I have heard those stories. You do have to be careful what you read online, especially in forums. Betta breeders and other authorities have checked intinthecrepirts and found that when Bettafix is used in poor quality water, it can cause damage. The bad chemicals in the water may be a bigger factor than the medication. Here is a good article on the subject:
It takes a long time for the fins to heal and regrow. You should see the damage stop and the whiteness on the edges clearing within 3-4 days. If you don’t, you’ll need to do a water change before switching medications.
Yes, you can feed him during treatment. Salt at that level doesn’t usually harm the biofilter. But if you’re leery of it, you can use less or skip it entirely.
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Salt us just added once. Let me double check the instructions on Bettafix. Be right back. .
You’re welcome. The instructions on the bottle state that you can use it every day for 7 days before doing a beater change. But of course, test the water to make sure no bad chemicals are building up. Then you’ll need to do a water change. At this point, I would say it is mild.
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Joanne, this just arrived. That means you can close that second question you posted this morning, so you won’t be charged for it. You have an excellent treatment plan. Since you were a little uneasy about the salt, it’s good that you’re going with the smaller amount. There are different recommendations for different diseases, with some going even higher than a teaspoon per gallon, but those require a meter to measure the concentration to keep it just right. We don’t want to go to such extremes in most cases. What you’re planning is perfect.
I believe the red on his fins is normal. Fin rot doesn’t usually cause redness. Ammonia toxicity does do that, but we know you have no ammonia. I wouldn’t worry about that coloring. I hope all goes well with your plan.
I can’t close it for you, but I can send it to Customer Service for a refund if you request it. That will accomplish the same thing.
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