Ich + Beginning Of Fin Rot?

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A few days ago I noticed what appeared to be ich just starting on some areas of my betta's fins. I've been treating him with API Super Ick Cure (containing malachite green + nitrofurazone) for two days. Since then, it has significantly improved appearance wise and is almost completely gone. However, this morning I noticed the that the edges/tips of his caudal fin have seemed to have turned a fairly bright red. I am wondering if this is the beginning of fin rot? If so, how would you recommend starting treatment? Should I wait until his ich treatment is complete and that issue has resolved?

He is currently in a 12 gallon Fluval Edge aquarium with an M50 heater. His temperature is currently around 26C (78.8F), which I am planning on increasing as I treat his ich. I also have removed the carbon from his filter for now. I did a 25% water change this morning and siphoned out his substrate at the bottom (as everything else has been removed while I treat him). I will be adding more of the ich treatment tomorrow as per label. I did get my tank second hand, so I am wondering if his ich and possible fin rot was caused from the tank being previously used? I did rinse it out well with hot water when I first received it, but should it be further disinfected? If he does have fin rot, I am planning on treating him in a smaller tank, likely without a filter, unless otherwise suggested. Any help would be appreciated! Thank you very much

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I believe malachite green is used in treating fungal issues (like fin rot). I'm no where near experienced enough to give you any absolutes - but I think it would be unlikely for a fish to develop a condition, while taking medicine designed to treat that condition.
 
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Demelza said:
Hello!

A few days ago I noticed what appeared to be ich just starting on some areas of my betta's fins. I've been treating him with API Super Ick Cure (containing malachite green + nitrofurazone) for two days. Since then, it has significantly improved appearance wise and is almost completely gone. However, this morning I noticed the that the edges/tips of his caudal fin have seemed to have turned a fairly bright red. I am wondering if this is the beginning of fin rot? If so, how would you recommend starting treatment? Should I wait until his ich treatment is complete and that issue has resolved?

He is currently in a 12 gallon Fluval Edge aquarium with an M50 heater. His temperature is currently around 26C (78.8F), which I am planning on increasing as I treat his ich. I also have removed the carbon from his filter for now. I did a 25% water change this morning and siphoned out his substrate at the bottom (as everything else has been removed while I treat him). I will be adding more of the ich treatment tomorrow as per label. I did get my tank second hand, so I am wondering if his ich and possible fin rot was caused from the tank being previously used? I did rinse it out well with hot water when I first received it, but should it be further disinfected? If he does have fin rot, I am planning on treating him in a smaller tank, likely without a filter, unless otherwise suggested. Any help would be appreciated! Thank you very much!

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tommywantfishy said:
Thanks for letting me know :) Do you believe that the red areas on the edges of his fin look like the beginning of fin rot? I'm wondering if I should start treating him for it once his ich treatment is done.
 
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Nitrofurazone and Jungle Fungus Clear are the exact same thing. So you are already using it. Malachite green is the right treatment for ich also. Yes it appears he has fin rot, but nitrofurazone is the med for that. So you got it covered

Do not turn your temp up higher than 80 with meds in the tank. In fact I would add an airstone while you have meds in there. To keep the water nice and oxygen filled. To help with the treatments.

Follow the exact directions on the bottle of ich Cure. Do water changes and vacuuming often. You may need to do 3 full rounds of the meds before it is all gone.

The ich will have come with your fish from the pet store. It doesn't live in old dried out tanks. So it is just the luck of the draw sometimes.

You are doing exactly what you need to do. Just keep it up.

Good luck! Your guy is going to be absolutely gorgeous once his colors come in fully. Sooo pretty!
 
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AllieSten said:
Nitrofurazone and Jungle Fungus Clear are the exact same thing. So you are already using it. Malachite green is the right treatment for ich also. Yes it appears he has fin rot, but nitrofurazone is the med for that. So you got it covered

Do not turn your temp up higher than 80 with meds in the tank. In fact I would add an airstone while you have meds in there. To keep the water nice and oxygen filled. To help with the treatments.

Follow the exact directions on the bottle of ich Cure. Do water changes and vacuuming often. You may need to do 3 full rounds of the meds before it is all gone.

The ich will have come with your fish from the pet store. It doesn't live in old dried out tanks. So it is just the luck of the draw sometimes.

You are doing exactly what you need to do. Just keep it up.

Good luck! Your guy is going to be absolutely gorgeous once his colors come in fully. Sooo pretty!
Thank you so much!
 
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