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Betta Fish, possible fin rot? Need help

Discussion in 'Freshwater Newbie Forum' started by Reya, Jan 11, 2018.

  1. Reya

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    I went to have my water tested today and these were the results:
    0 Nitrates
    3.0 Nitrites
    0 Total Hardness
    0 Chlorine
    0 Total Alkalinity
    6.2-6.8 pH

    I use Aqueon Betta Bowl Plus for water changes. I don't have a vacuum to clean out my tank atm, I do it by hand, so I don't clean the bottom, as I'm not sure how to without doing a complete water change. I'm planning on ordering one soon though.

    I had no idea it was bad food, thank you very much for letting me know. I've now bought him New Life Spectrum Betta Formula and will feed him that from now on.

    From what I can tell there's no way to adjust the flow, or even turn it on and off. It's either plugged in and running or unplugged and off. I can't take a picture at the moment but the filter has a square hole in the front, a bit above the water line, that the out flowing water falls out of and directly into the tank, a bit like a mini waterfall.

    I performed a water change Friday and once again today, he's still very active. He hasn't acted any differently since I noticed the issue, he doesn't lay on the floor and he eats well.

    I bought Stability by Seachem for the Nitrites and added some to his tank today, along with Melafix by API.
     
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    You can use a piece of airline tubing to be a mini-vacuum and siphon items off the bottom. The small diameter will keep the water level from lowering to fast.
     
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    Keep up with daily or a least every other day large water changes. ANY nitrite can cause "brown blood disease". Get it to 0 as fast as you reasonably can, 3 is very high! Even .25 can cause damage.
     
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    I agree with Rbishop and fishorama, said what I was gonna say. :)

    Where did you get your water tested and by which method that they gave such a wide range for pH?

    Keep up the good work!
     
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    I got it tested at a fish store by me. They used a test strip and the color it turned was a bit inbetween those two ranges so it was hard to tell exactly where it's at.
     
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    After doing a 50% water change last Friday and cleaning the gunk on the marbles at the bottom of his tank I retested the water today.

    The Nitrites are now at zero and the Ph is at 6.8. Everything else stayed at zero.

    While the water has improved, my betta has not. He is still active, but he's lost more of his tail fin. I suspect his top fin may have melt as well. At this point what should I do? Is there a better medication I should buy?

    I have been giving him Melafix for ten days, but the rot does not seem to be stopping.
     
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    Way to go fixing your water parameters so fast, good show!

    I think it's time for an antibiotic but I rarely use them so don't have an exact suggestion. Look for 1 that says it treats fin rot & follow the directions for dosing & water changes.

    You will have to do a bit of guesstimating for a 3g tank, the usual dosage is drug amount/10g. Not super hard, put the powder on a sheet of paper & with a knife or razor blade divide as best you can. Go a bit smaller than thirds & you'll be close. You can save the extra bit for part of the fourth round. I believe most antibiotics are given over at least a week or 10 days, often every other day. Again, follow the directions!

    Good luck!
     

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