Glass Cat With A Broken Fin

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    I got home today was excited that my glass cat was out during the day, but then I noticed that he was swimmig vertically, just spinning in place. I found that the top of this tail fin is completely torn off. I moved him from my 56 gallon to my 3 gallon for my betta (because my 56 gallon is pretty brutal and I've never seen a fish struggle in there and survive)(yes I know bettas should be in 10 gallons, but I have an excuse). I can't keep him anywhere else but in either my 56 gallon or my 3 gallon, unless I pull out a bin from my basement and slap on a trashy filter that came with my 3g. I really want to help him get better. What should I do?
     
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    Update: he MAY have fin rot. It's only the upper part of his caudal fin, or at least I think it is, he's moving to fast to tell. How should I treat that for catfish?
     
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    Can you get a picture? 2 things, make sure he had somewhere to hide, they are shy fish and NO salt!! I’m 90% sure glasscats are scaleless like most catfish and salt (though sometimes helps finrot) will do a lot more damage.
     
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    I will try to get a picture when I can, but right now he's very frantic. I pretty much only see him once a month, so he is constantly hiding in my 56 gallon, but the tank consists of hundreds of fin nippers. I have a surplus of guppy and molly fry, which also make the conditions difficult to manage. Right now he's in a 2 gallon bin with a sponge filter, heater, and ceramic mug to hide in.
    Although I can't get a good pic, I have gotten a few glimpses of his tail. It's a bit brownish and the edge is flaking (I think).
    Also, when I put him in my betta tank, my betta bit at him, so his pec fin might be hurt too, but I'm less concerned about that.
     
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    Clean water is your best bet. It’s amazing what it can do. Especially on such a small tank, you’ll have to stay on top of them. Depending on how bad, you might have to go with meds, but be very cardeful with them.
     
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    First of all, I know glass cats like soft and acidic water but I have no idea how to maintain that- would you happen to know? Second, are there particular medications I should avoid or use? Or is there a certain brand I should use for a fish without scales?
     
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    Do you have a test kit for water parameters? The most dangerous thing (or one of them) is a sudden change in water conditions.
     
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    I use test strips, but I don't have a full out kit with indicating solutions.
     
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