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Old 03-24-2017, 03:09 PM   #1
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Betta Fish sick

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I noticed my Betta wasn't very active the last few days, so I thought he might have a water issue. Its a 5 gallon tank and I've been doing 50% water changes the last few days, treating and temperature matching it. My water numbers all look good, PH is at 8.2 which is where is always is. No ammonia or nitrite and low nitrates. Filter is working well and there are several live plants that all look good.

Last night I noticed his fins don't look right. Almost looks like mold growing.



I'm fairly new to keeping fish, any ideas what it is and how to treat it..

Thanks
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Old 03-24-2017, 03:43 PM   #2
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the tank is heated, right? that's the most important thing along with proper ph and whatnot. he may have fin rot, id suggest going to your local pet store and see what they have for fish treatments. typically a general fungus cure will help fin rot, and using double the usual dose of "stress coat" will also help. if that doesn't work, go for tetracycline. it's an antibiotic which is good because it'll kill the bad bacteria, but bad because it'll kill the good bacteria. so use it as a last resort. other than that, keep changing and testing your water.

if you're going to use any fungus cure or antibiotic medicine, take your filter cartridge out. leave the filter running without it. the carbon in the cartridge will suck up all of the beneficial medicine and the antibiotic will kill any beneficial bacteria in there anyway. if you use an antibiotic, try to save your filter cartridge in some other tank or water anywhere you can so that you save that good bacteria and can put it back in the filter when you're done treating the fish.

i hope your fish gets better soon!
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Old 03-24-2017, 04:01 PM   #3
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Male or female
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If it's a female than It might have become eggborn
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Thanks, the tank is heated

And it's a male
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Old 03-24-2017, 04:19 PM   #6
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Were did u get it from. Ps. If u live in Alberta Canada go to big als in Edmonton
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I got it from PetValu, I'm in Brooks, not a lot of selection here.

I'm planning a trip to Pisces in Calgary next time I'm in the city, wish I was closer to Big Al's
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I think they have a big al's in Calgary too
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He didn't make it... I moved him to a hospital tank I set up and tried some fungus infection but I guess I was too late


Any tips on disinfecting his original tank without losing my cycle... Or am I best just to restart it with clean everything?
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Oh my god, I'm so sorry
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