Help! Fin Rot Vs Fin Damage

  1. Bettaparent

    Bettaparent Initiate Member

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    Hi all! I have a curious and active betta named Watson, who has either fin rot or fin damage!
    He was in a smaller tank initially and I assumed he got fin rot on his back fin when I let the water go a little. That was several weeks ago. Still learning. Anyway, he's been upgraded to a 3 gallonwith frequent water changes and his back fin did not seem to get any worse. Just now I was watching him goof off and realized his anal fin was torn (could have sworn it was fine earlier today). He has a filter in his new set up and has been enjoying playing and exploring around it, as well as surfing the current. He also has a vase tank decoration he likes to swim in. He is very exploratory and active! So, from the pictures- is it fin rot or damage? Thanks!!!!
     

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  2. Shane Dostie

    Shane Dostie Member Member

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    Do you think it's that vase below? I have one just like that and it was very sharp and I had to sand it down. I suggest taking that out and treating a quarantine tank with melafix. Good luck!!
     

  3. ChuthuluFish

    ChuthuluFish Member Member

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    some people say melfix is bad for bettas. but I didn't know that until I added the average dose to my tank. I think its fine in small doeses. just my betta reacted normal.
     
  4. Shane Dostie

    Shane Dostie Member Member

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    Mhm never tried it but it worked wonders on my fancy goldfish
     
  5. tunafax

    tunafax Well Known Member Member

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    This looks like damage to me. And by damage I mean tail-biting.
     
  6. Pastel.Fish.

    Pastel.Fish. Member Member

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    It looks very much like tail biting, and actually bettas cannot have melafix as a treatment because of their labryinth organ (from what I`ve read on multiple sources), so best to avoid it. You could add bettafix, it`s basically diluted melafix for bettas but it only does slight work for example my betta slightly (more of a scrape) cut himself on a plant and it only really prevented infections. For tail biters you just need to change stuff up every once and a while, for mine I change his around with water changes, (move around decor or replace it every so often) and it keeps him busy from biting his tail! I hope this helps! :)
     

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