Betta fish-Fin rot-help!

Chantal38

Ive been looking through the forum for advice on how to treat my betta’s fin rot & was wondering if anyone could help. I think his fin rot started because the temp in his tank was too low...ive since purchased a heater and also moved him to a 23 litre tank...since the heater & the bigger tank he has really perked up...ive also added aquarium salt to his water...9g per litre as the packet advised...I havent noticed the fin rot get any worse in the last couple of days...if I post some pics could anyone please tell me if they think his fin rot is mild, moderate or severe? And if I need to do any further treatment at this stage and what treatment do you suggest...ive read that bettafix & melafix are not recommended for bettas so I want to make sure I treat him with the right treatment...or do I need to be a bit more patient & see if the aquarium salt does the trick? Water parameters are:
Ammonia 0
Nitrate 0.5
Nitrite 0
KH 6
GH 7
PH 7.6
Chlorine 0
Thanks
 

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AquaticQueen

Welcome to Fishlore.
I think his rot is moderate. I've definitely seen worse.
Hope he gets better.
 

Blueberrybetta

low temp doesnt cause fin rot but it will cause stress to bettas that can make them fin nip. This looks like fin nipping to me whereas fin rot would have even edges but discolored black. He seems stressed to me. His fin nipping can lead to fin rot so its best to do frequent WCs. The best thing to prevent from turning to fin rot is frequent water changes with temp match & conditioned water. I bery highly reccomend Indian Almond Leaves & Roobios tea to release Tannin and help promote fin growth. Usually just very frequent WC , IALs and Roobis tea for 2-3 weeks will do the trick. You can start treatment with medication like Seachem Paraguard or Furan-2 . Both treat fin rot and bacterial infections. Paraguard is liquid & Furan is a powder. Just keep up with WCs because clean water helps with 90% of all issues .

Edit: I would look into live plants rather than fake ones for bettas. Fake ones can snag bettas fins , especially crowntail bettas. With some live plants , indian almondeaves , roobis tea and 80° temp , he should be feeling better in no time
 

Chantal38

Thanks so much for your reply...as I have added aquarium salt to the water will this effect the benefits of the plants/leaf you have suggested? I will remove the plastic plants as he rests in one a lot & I suspect this may have damaged his fins. Also should I use any of the other treatments you have suggested at this stage or wait to see if the water changes & adding the tea/almond leaves work first?

Also do you think I should swap out the gravel at the bottom of his tank for sand? Could the gravel damage his fins too?
 

Finatic005

10000000% agree with Blueberrybetta on paraguard. cannot recommend it more. It is a miracle drug.
 

Blueberrybetta

Thanks so much for your reply...as I have added aquarium salt to the water will this effect the benefits of the plants/leaf you have suggested? I will remove the plastic plants as he rests in one a lot & I suspect this may have damaged his fins. Also should I use any of the other treatments you have suggested at this stage or wait to see if the water changes & adding the tea/almond leaves work first?

Also do you think I should swap out the gravel at the bottom of his tank for sand? Could the gravel damage his fins too?

if you're going to be dosing Paraguard, stop adding the Aquarium salt then. Salt & medication combined will deplete the oxygen level in the tank. Aquarium salt can also affect some plants but not all. I would go ahead and start dosing with Paraguard and start adding IAL and doing water changes. The Paraguard, IAL and frequent water changes should prevent his fins from rotting and help then grow instead. Better to start asap because betta fins can deteriorate very quickly
 

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