Fin Rot, Now What?

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So unfortunately I didn't know about the nitrogen cycle when I bought my fish and his tank so I had to do a fish in cycle and he has developed fin rot. At first I thought it was just a small fin tear but it is slowly creeped on to his other fins.

The tank is fully cycled now but I need to know what to continue doing to help his fin rot. While cycling his tank every other water change I would try and put a little bit of aquarium salt in the water should I continue putting salt in the water or just let it try and cure itself? I've also reduced his meals to every other day, once a day, And much smaller amounts.
 

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Most of the time fin rot can be helped (stopped or even cured) by keeping their water as clean as possible even if that means water changes every day. I would stop adding salt since you say it doesn't seem to be helping.

With a 5 gallon tank I would be changing out at least 2 1/2 gallons with each water change and would be doing it at the very least, every other day until he is healthy.

I am sure you already do it but be sure to use a dechlorinator with each water change. Most of us recommend Seachem Prime but there are others that do basically the same thing.

I would go ahead and feed him a small amount every day. I don't think it is a good idea to withhold food from him. He needs the food to keep his energy up to help fight this problem JMHO
 
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mattgirl said:
Most of the time fin rot can be helped (stopped or even cured) by keeping their water as clean as possible even if that means water changes every day. I would stop adding salt since you say it doesn't seem to be helping.

With a 5 gallon tank I would be changing out at least 2 1/2 gallons with each water change and would be doing it at the very least, every other day until he is healthy.

I am sure you already do it but be sure to use a dechlorinator with each water change. Most of us recommend Seachem Prime but there are others that do basically the same thing.

I would go ahead and feed him a small amount every day. I don't think it is a good idea to withhold food from him. He needs the food to keep his energy up to help fight this problem JMHO
So start with a 50% water change every other day and feed him once daily?

Edit: I do have prime and have fallen in love with it LOL
 

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I'd also recommend not adding salt with every water change unless you have a salinity meter to control the levels. Salt can be a tonic, but there's something else going on. Salt won't do anything other than treat the symptoms.
 

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I would even do daily water changes while cycling, since he's having fin issues.
 
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mattgirl said:
Right. that is what I would do. You also want to keep his temp at least 79 degrees
Yeah his heater usually keeps it a little under 80 or around there.

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I'd also recommend not adding salt with every water change unless you have a salinity meter to control the levels. Salt can be a tonic, but there's something else going on. Salt won't do anything other than treat the symptoms.
Alrighty ill stop using the salt.

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I would even do daily water changes while cycling, since he's having fin issues.
His tank is done cycling(thank god). It's the whole reason he's in his condition unfortunately and I feel terrible about it.
 

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Daily water changes still won't hurt, and they may help!
 

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