I have been treating my betta (hm male) for what seems like forever to try to get/keep what might be (maybe, possibly) fin rot under control.
[vague enough for you?]
I have tried everything short of actual medicine, including salt baths, paraguard, stress guard, and most recently a methylene blue dip. Since I moved him into a 2.5 gallon home on the ground floor (previously he was in a 10 gallon hex in an upstairs bedroom), I have been on top of water changes, changing about half a gallon daily, for about the past month and a half. I’ve also been adding tannins to the water, courtesy of Indian almond leaves, and alder cones. The tank he’s in now is very well furnished for him, if I may say so myself.
As many of you may know, many antibiotics are hard to come by here in Canada, so I was not able to get methylene blue until about two weeks ago, at which time he got his first methylene blue dip. I used the high rate, according to the label instructions, no more than 10 seconds.
I’m seeing signs of improvement following that dip. They are slight, but I’m optimistic. His dorsal fin has a deeper color, and his pectoral fins have lengthened and unfurled considerably. Since increasing the amount of tannins in the water over the last week, bubble nest construction has resumed. Although perhaps without the great passion that I see from other members pictures.
My question, at last: Would anyone care to make a recommendation as to how often I can or should repeat the methylene blue dip?
PS, does anyone think I should add a small dose of salt to the tank? My main concern there is the plants.
PPS, I’m trying to get a better close-up of him, but he’s hiding in the weeds for the moment. Stinker.
For reference, this was 6 months ago, when new (to me):