Early Stages Of Fin Rot?

Discussion in 'Freshwater Beginners' started by Christian Villanueva, Jul 18, 2017.

  1. Christian VillanuevaValued MemberMember

    Hey guys!

    I'm not quite sure if it is Fin Rot but it does look like it to me. I've attached some photos and can you guys confirm and maybe help me on how to fix it? Ive been growing my little guy for a long time now and his fins are definitely something I take pride of but it seems that he's got fin Rot and it worries me so much. His fins look black and the tips and they look tattered. What could've caused this? I'm going to do a fairly large water change today and I've already dosed the tank with aquarium salt so I won't be adding any more. Any help would be appreciated, thank you!

    Edit: Would API General Cure help at all with fin rot?

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    Last edited: Jul 18, 2017
  2. AllieSten

    AllieStenFishlore VIPMember

    Is he a veil tail normally? Not a crown tail?

    If he is a veil tail, it does look like fin rot to me. The medication that will help the most is nitrofurazone. You can get it at Walmart under the Jungle Fungus Clear tabs brand or API Furan-2. API General Cure will not work for fin rot.

    Be sure to take the carbon out of your filter. Do a large water change and then add the medication. Follow the directions exactly on the box. I would do 2 rounds of the medication. With a large water change in between doses. So it should be in the tank a total of 8 days. Then re-evaluate.

    The most common cause of fin rot, unfortunately, is water quality. So after you are done with the medications I would increase the water changes in the tank. I would do 2-3 a week for a couple of weeks. You should see a big difference pretty quickly. Also I would add some higher protein foods to the mix. Frozen Brine shrimp & frozen blood worms a couple times a week will help with healing.

    I hope this helps. Good luck!
  3. Prism

    PrismWell Known MemberMember

    He could be a crowntail, When you got him from the petstore, how long ago? And were his fins in the shape of what they are now? Can you provide some pictures when you first got him?
  4. OP

    Christian VillanuevaValued MemberMember

    So he is a crowntail, and im gonna post a before and after photo of him. Trust me, he's in much better shape now haha. I just did a large water change and I don't have any carbon in my filter, I just use a sponge filter. I'm quite proud of the transformation from when I first got him to now, but it seems that he has fin rot. I've been away from my house for a week or two and I have to admit I couldnt do any water changes while I was away. That could be the reason why.

    The first two photos are the before, and the last two are the after photos.

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  5. kayla.s

    kayla.sWell Known MemberMember

    Fin rot is usually characterized by black on the tips of the fins, or sometimes red. The fins will look shorter as fin rot is basically eating them away. If you don't notice this happening your betta is likely fine, and yes he has improved dramatically since you got him! :)
  6. OP

    Christian VillanuevaValued MemberMember

    His fins do look shorter and like I said looks tattered and black at the tips which has me worried. I already did a large water change and I'm just waiting on my friend to bring medication for him. His fins will grow back though right? :D
  7. kayla.s

    kayla.sWell Known MemberMember

    Yes they should within a few weeks
  8. AllieSten

    AllieStenFishlore VIPMember

    Ok. So since you are seeing bunched up, tattered, black tips, I would definitely treat with the nitrofurazone. It should work well for your guy.

    The fins will grow back. Usually they will be clear or greyish at first, then the color comes later.

    Good luck!

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