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Old 01-08-2019, 08:58 PM   #1
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Betta Fin Rot Help

I havenít been around for a long time, but Iím trying to help a friend whose Betta appears to have fin rot.
She keeps him in a 20 gallon planted tank in her office. She says she changes 50% of the water a couple times a month. She has a test kit and when I helped her set the tank up it was cycled, but I havenít been able to go over and check the water since then, and she doesnít know how to test herself.
She rescued the Betta from Petco, and when she got him the tips of his fins were red colored, so that might have hidden any redness? As of right now, his fins appear shredded and uneven, and much shorter. She is keeping him in a plastic Kritter Keeper while she medicates him, and she changes the water daily. Sheís using E.R. Erythromycin. I canít tell yet from her photos if his fins are getting any better, but I do know today the fishís healing got set back significantly. Her cat has never paid any attention to the fish, who is situated on the counter and has been there for weeks while she treats him, but today she came home to the Kritter Keeper knocked off the counter. The cat, luckily, couldnít get into the still closed container, which was upside down on the floor, but the water leaked out of the lid. The fish was miraculously alive in the little bit of water left, but his dorsal fin is missing a pretty big chunk after his fall.
Besides keeping the fish in a room where the cat canít get into, what should she be doing to treat his fin rot and now injury?
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Old 01-11-2019, 01:20 PM   #2
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I havenít been around for a long time, but Iím trying to help a friend whose Betta appears to have fin rot.
She keeps him in a 20 gallon planted tank in her office. She says she changes 50% of the water a couple times a month. She has a test kit and when I helped her set the tank up it was cycled, but I havenít been able to go over and check the water since then, and she doesnít know how to test herself.
She rescued the Betta from Petco, and when she got him the tips of his fins were red colored, so that might have hidden any redness? As of right now, his fins appear shredded and uneven, and much shorter. She is keeping him in a plastic Kritter Keeper while she medicates him, and she changes the water daily. Sheís using E.R. Erythromycin. I canít tell yet from her photos if his fins are getting any better, but I do know today the fishís healing got set back significantly. Her cat has never paid any attention to the fish, who is situated on the counter and has been there for weeks while she treats him, but today she came home to the Kritter Keeper knocked off the counter. The cat, luckily, couldnít get into the still closed container, which was upside down on the floor, but the water leaked out of the lid. The fish was miraculously alive in the little bit of water left, but his dorsal fin is missing a pretty big chunk after his fall.
Besides keeping the fish in a room where the cat canít get into, what should she be doing to treat his fin rot and now injury?
She should remove him from that tank. He has to work to hard for air and to swim. He need a gallon till he is better. EM erythromycin, or seachems sulfplex, treatment should turn him around. He needs a temp around 80-82. He will also need about 10 % daily water change and time.
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She should remove him from that tank. He has to work to hard for air and to swim. He need a gallon till he is better. EM erythromycin, or seachems sulfplex, treatment should turn him around. He needs a temp around 80-82. He will also need about 10 % daily water change and time.
Sorry a bunch of this didn't load for me. Higher temp, and keep up with EM erythromycin. Giving him a 24 hour break in between the 4 day treatments. Salt will greatly help him. Methylene blue dips would be really beneficial, if not that then Indian almond leaf extract there is some meat just for betta fish on Amazon what are the leaf itself in the water has anti-fungal properties, and will help him heal. He needs time. The stress from the cat however might have pushed him over the edge.
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Okay, thank you! I’ll work on getting her to get some methylene blue. What sort of tank should I get her to move him to? She only has the 20 gallon, I think.
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Okay, thank you! Iíll work on getting her to get some methylene blue. What sort of tank should I get her to move him to? She only has the 20 gallon, I think.
He honestly would be better off in a betta keeper while she medicating him. After he is stronger he can go back into the 20 gallon, I would make sure that there isn't alot of current for him in the bigger tank. I had one betta that had like no fin left he was starting to pinecone. The sulfplex by seachems worked best for him along with the dip and daily water changes. Just remember Betta's are jumpers so I suggest not filling tank all the way. About 2 inches from the rim is good.
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He’s having daily water changes and he had his first methylene blue dip today. She’s stopped the antibiotics for now, and will be dipping and changing him and his water daily until he recovers.
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