Help! Is this fin rot or something else?

eliza4fish

Hi guys,

I believe my little betta has fin rot, but I'm not sure if its actually because my other fish are nipping at his fins (please see my other thread!). I tried keeping the fin nipper in a breeders box overnight to see if that would help, but she somehow got out while I was asleep. I have 3 female platies (I made sure they are female- long flowing fins) and none of them are pregnant. Sushi has been able to fend them off but now I don't know if his fins are damaged because of my platies or if hes stressed and has fin rot (or something else, like decorations)! I attached some pictures of my tank and his fins. Please help!! (First photos are of my betta a few days ago and the other pics are of him as of today).
 

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KayBee3

He might have some fin rot, but fortunately it doesn't look too bad. It's definitely not caused from fin nipping. Luckily, water changes work wonders when treating fin rot. Start by changing 30-50% of the water daily for about a week, or until you see signs of improvement. Then you can switch to every other day while healing occurs. Water changes help boost the fish's immune system, helping them to better fight off infection. I suspect water changes alone will be enough to help your betta.

I hope this helps and please feel free to ask any additional questions you may have!
 
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eliza4fish

He might have some fin rot, but fortunately it doesn't look too bad. It's definitely not caused from fin nipping. Luckily, water changes work wonders when treating fin rot. Start by changing 30-50% of the water daily for about a week, or until you see signs of improvement. Then you can switch to every other day while healing occurs. Water changes help boost the fish's immune system, helping them to better fight off infection. I suspect water changes alone will be enough to help your betta.

I hope this helps and please feel free to ask any additional questions you may have!
Thank you so much, I'll be doing water changes everyday starting now. I really appreciate your advice!
 
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eliza4fish

He might have some fin rot, but fortunately it doesn't look too bad. It's definitely not caused from fin nipping. Luckily, water changes work wonders when treating fin rot. Start by changing 30-50% of the water daily for about a week, or until you see signs of improvement. Then you can switch to every other day while healing occurs. Water changes help boost the fish's immune system, helping them to better fight off infection. I suspect water changes alone will be enough to help your betta.

I hope this helps and please feel free to ask any additional questions you may have!
If I could ask you one more question, for these daily water changes should I also remove all the decorations and clean them as well? I’m not sure if that would stress him out or if I should just go ahead and do it. Thanks again!
 
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KayBee3

Its up to you if you want to clean the decorations or not, it won't really have an effect either way.
 
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eliza4fish

Its up to you if you want to clean the decorations or not, it won't really have an effect either way.
Thanks!
 
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