Old Tank Syndrome - Severe Fin Rot Damage Help Me Please

  1. Kysarkel000

    Kysarkel000 Well Known Member Member

    Hey guys, so over the last month I've began to neglect my betta. I know there's no excuse as I should be fully committed to the care of any animal I take in. It's been one heck of a stressful month tho between dealing with depression, stress, finals at college, AND buying a house!!

    Anyways, my poor betta has suffered some sad tank conditions and he needs help getting better. He's swimming and eating fine, and his colors are good. As aggressive as he's always been. But his tail has ripped all the way up to his body and his pelvic fins are very shredded. You know that stringy stuff you get when you erase alot of white board marker ink all at once and it kinda bunches up... Thats what he kinda looks like right now. Sad white board ink strings.

    So what are some things I can do to help him out? I know keeping pristine water is key, so I've got that going. But what else?

    He is in a 10g tank with a nerite snail and live plants and a hob filter, however I can switch to a sponge filter if need be.

    Thanks in advanced!
     
  2. Lagertha

    Lagertha Valued Member Member

    Do you have a heater?

    Best thing for fin rot is water changes. Do 30% water changes every day for a week, you should start seeing improvement.

    You can also add a dried almond leaf to his tank. It has anti-fungal properties as well as having a soothing effect.

    (Some) People (in the minority) say salt baths but I personally would not recommend it, it can do more harm than good especially if you don’t know what you’re doing 100%.

    Please don’t neglect your fish. As stressful as things get there is absolutely no excuse when it comes to the neglect of animals. No matter the species.

    I personally suffer from a host of mental illness including depression, OCD, high functioning autism, eating disorder, Bipolar, BPD, PTSD and social anxiety. I’m also a home studying student doing my A Levels in six subjects. I have three hamsters, two fish tanks, a dog, three cats, two rabbits and two guinea pigs. I have never once neglected my animals.

    If you can’t care for one fish I suggest you rehome him as he’s now suffering from your negligence.

    If I offend you then take it as you please but I’m only speaking facts.
     
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    Kysarkel000

    Kysarkel000 Well Known Member Member

    It really does hurt, but I know I deserve it. But I'm trying to fix things and stay on top of it all. I try my best to keep all of my pets as healthy and happy as possible.

    I do have a heater and I've been doing 25% water changes everyday. I'll up it up to 30% though and I'll get an Indian almond leaf. That seems like it'll help a bit, at least in comfort for the fish.
     


  4. Lagertha

    Lagertha Valued Member Member

    Learn from this mistake, we all make them but when it’s done through neglect..

    But the positive thing is you’re now fixing it and you know you did wrong so that’s a good thing.

    How bad is the fin rot? You could bump it up to maybe 40% if it’s really bad.

    The almond leaf should prevent infection too which is a great bonus. They sell them in any good pet store that sells fish or you could go to eBay. Just make sure they’re from a good source and then you just pop them in the tank, they’ll float for a few days but then sink. The tannis from the leaf is also a good thing though it makes the water look a but yellow it’s all good for the fish which is the main thing.
     
  5. Smalltownfishfriend

    Smalltownfishfriend Well Known Member Member

    All I will say is.. definitely clean water!!! And.. congratulations on buying a house! I understand how life can be very hectic!!! It's not an excuse to neglect the pets but.... I understand!!!! :)
     
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    Kysarkel000

    Kysarkel000 Well Known Member Member

    Thanks
     
  7. Gypsy13

    Gypsy13 Well Known Member Member

    (Some) people can handle things differently than others. You made a mistake. It happens. I hope your betta will be fine. I also hope you do better as well. That’s a lot of stress at one time. (I’d list all of my issues but I’m too tired) You’re making up for it now, that’s all that matters. Don’t beat yourself up. I hope the IAL works well for you. (I’m one of the minority believing in salt for healing) but salt isn’t a cureall. Clean warm water will be your betta’s best medicine. Congratulations on the House. Remember to take time to relax and breathe. Keep us posted? Please?