Fungal infection on bettas pectoral fin

betta06

Tank
What is the water volume of the tank? 5 gallons
How long has the tank been running? 6 months
Does it have a filter? yes
Does it have a heater? no
What is the water temperature? 76
What is the entire stocking of this tank? (Please list all fish and inverts.) I male betta and a nerate snail

Maintenance
How often do you change the water? 2 times a week
How much of the water do you change? 15%
What do you use to treat your water? sachem prime conditioner
Do you vacuum the substrate or just the water? I vacuum it

*Parameters - Very Important
Did you cycle your tank before adding fish? sort of it was sitting for a month or two before he went in
What do you use to test the water? api ph test and adjuster kit
What are your parameters? We need to know the exact numbers, not just “fine” or “safe”.
Ammonia:?
Nitrite:?
Nitrate:?
pH:7.5
I will be picking up the tester kit for the other ones next weekend.

Feeding
How often do you feed your fish? 2 times a day but I skip Thursdays
How much do you feed your fish? around 3 pellets
What brand of food do you feed your fish? fluval bug bites pellets and nutrafin max flakes
Do you feed frozen or freeze-dried foods? yes frozen brine shrimp and blood worms and will be getting some live baby brine shrimp next weekend

Illness & Symptoms
How long have you had this fish? one or two months
How long ago did you first notice these symptoms? last night
In a few words, can you explain the symptoms?his pectoral fin is torn and white
Have you started any treatment for the illness? yes aquarium salt and lots of water changes
Was your fish physically ill or injured upon purchase? no
How has its behavior and appearance changed, if at all? he is more tired then normal resting a lot

Explain your emergency situation in detail. (Please give a clear explanation of what is going on, include details from the beginning of the illness leading up to now)
I think it is some type of fungal infection it is eating away at his pectoral fins and they are covered in some sort of white fungus looking thing it almost looks like fin rot but it is not affecting his other fins. he is a crown tail and I heard they are more susceptible to fin issues so maybe something is of in my water and he is just doing worse with it? sadly right now I have no way to test anything other then the ph but will pick up the rest next weekend...
I will try to get some pictures.....

thanks!!


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BigManAquatics

I would ask if you have pictures. They may help someone, but not me. I always thought my crowntail had or was getting finrot(but pretty sure he didn't) so i changed his water almost everyday. I can't tell anything about crowntails in pics, either
 
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Luckyscale2003

if your worried about it i would just do one salt bath a day 15 mins at a time every day for 4 to 5 days and see how he responds to that
 
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betta06

do you think it would be okay to put the salt in his tank? he is in a five gallon and so far I am putting in one and a half teaspoons.
also the infection isn't on his tail it is on his pectoral fins.. he is black so I can easily see white fungus stuff that is growing on them I am worried about him. a year ago my sweet female betta iris had this then got dropsy then sadly died don't want this to happen again. I also have api e.m. erythromycin it says it is for bacterial and fungal would this be safe to use if the salt doesn't work? I have quite a bit of stuff left over from when I was trying to save iris.
 
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Luckyscale2003

do you think it would be okay to put the salt in his tank? he is in a five gallon and so far I am putting in one and a half teaspoons.
also the infection isn't on his tail it is on his pectoral fins.. he is black so I can easily see white fungus stuff that is growing on them I am worried about him. a year ago my sweet female betta iris had this then got dropsy then sadly died don't want this to happen again. I also have api e.m. erythromycin it says it is for bacterial and fungal would this be safe to use if the salt doesn't work? I have quite a bit of stuff left over from when I was trying to save iris.
i would use the meds bt do additional outside salt baths
 
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betta06

by meds do you mean the api e.m.erythromycin?
 
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Luckyscale2003

by meds do you mean the api e.m.erythromycin?
Yes use that and use the betta cup he came in or a separate bowl to do salt baths
 
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betta06

it is gone already didn't even put the e.m.erythromycin in yet
for now I think I will just continue with the aquarium salt for another day or two to make sure it is fully gone....
he seems to be acting normal again too. thanks so much for all your help!!


okay now as soon as I am happy about him being better star my white female betta seems to have the same thing happing... so she was in a 20 gallon tub with some neon tetras so I took her out into my 2 gallon quarintine tubs and put in some aquarium salt but hers is pretty bad so I will try salt bathes and the api e.m.erythromycin right away. she is still acting fine..
 
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betta06

just gave her the salt bath and treated with the fist dose of erythromycin
 
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betta06

Yes use that and use the betta cup he came in or a separate bowl to do salt baths
thanks for telling me about the salt bathes works way better then putting it right in the aquarium!
I have since stoped feeding them with the pipet (I think that is what caused so many fish to get the fungal infections) and the salt baths are working great almost all the fish are better and ready to return to there normal tanks.

I really appreciate your help!

I do have one last question though.. it looks as though the infection is healed but the fin is still torn do you think its safe for her to go back into the divided tank? it has one other heathy female betta in it.
 
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Luckyscale2003

thanks for telling me about the salt bathes works way better then putting it right in the aquarium!
I have since stoped feeding them with the pipet (I think that is what caused so many fish to get the fungal infections) and the salt baths are working great almost all the fish are better and ready to return to there normal tanks.

I really appreciate your help!

I do have one last question though.. it looks as though the infection is healed but the fin is still torn do you think its safe for her to go back into the divided tank? it has one other heathy female betta in it.
i keep doing salt baths until you can see the fins starting to heal
 
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