Red Spot On Edge Of Fin

Discussion in 'Betta Fish' started by SobeDiver, Apr 13, 2018.

  1. SobeDiverNew MemberMember

    Hi there

    I keep a clean tank with a strong filter, test the water weekly. My betta still eats as much as always but I have noticed he's resting more often on leaves or behind things in the tank.

    Today for the first time I noticed a bright red spot on the edge of his top fin.

    I did some research on different diseases but nothing quite matches this that I can find.

    Does anyone have any advice on what it might be or what action I should take?

    Thank you!

  2. CanadianFishFanWell Known MemberMember

    hmm, test your water and give us the results, also try to take a photo of the spot.

  3. Milliemae124Valued MemberMember

    Could you give us a picture? :)

  4. SobeDiverNew MemberMember

    I found some owner posts talking about red spots on fins. I plan to do a 30% water change, replacing with treated water and aquarium salt. then add betafix. Good strategy?
  5. CanadianFishFanWell Known MemberMember

    We still want a photo to see what this is. We want to see what you are treating for.
  6. Milliemae124Valued MemberMember

    I wouldn’t recommend bettafix because it contains tee tree which can coat their lungs
  7. CanadianFishFanWell Known MemberMember

    Since they are labyrinth breathers this will affect their labyrinth organs making it hard to take air from the surface.
  8. SobeDiverNew MemberMember

    Here are some pics I just took - thanks!!

    Attached Files:

  9. CanadianFishFanWell Known MemberMember

    hmm i have no clue what that is! Other then someones a fin nipper...
  10. SobeDiverNew MemberMember

    Using long-term submerged monitor:
    Amonia - safe < 0.02 ppm

    Using test strip:
    GH 120
    KH 60
    PH 8
    nitrite 0
    nitrate 10
  11. SobeDiverNew MemberMember

    Great, thank you. I won't do that then. Is there an alternate choice that's better?
  12. Milliemae124Valued MemberMember

    When my betta had fin rot, he had red edges to his fins however I don’t think that’s the case here
  13. SobeDiverNew MemberMember

    If i treat the water with prime, how long should i wait before adding Aquarium Salt and then putting the water back in the tank?
  14. CanadianFishFanWell Known MemberMember

    I did both at the same time, make sure the salt dissolves before adding so you dont burn your betta if he were to have touched the salt.
  15. Milliemae124Valued MemberMember

    I would also add the salt in slowly over the course of about 10 minutes so it didn’t shock the fish :)
  16. CanadianFishFanWell Known MemberMember

    Well a salt dip would be better as long term salt could be more dangerous.
  17. SobeDiverNew MemberMember

    When I add prime to new water outside the tank that I plan to add later, I usually wait a day for fear that it will kill all the good bacteria in the tank if I add it too soon - is this a valid concern?
  18. CanadianFishFanWell Known MemberMember

    lol, i add it and mix it, then pour it in gently 20seconds later. No issue though with letting it age, i heard its better.
  19. SobeDiverNew MemberMember

    Hi there

    Unfortunately things went badly. I did a 30% water change with water than had been tredted with prime and a little less than the recommended amount of aquarium salt (just being conservative).

    After I did the change, my fish immediately got worse and stayed st the bottom breathing weakly. I kept checking on him and he seemed to be declining. This morning I woke up to find he had died overnight.

    I feel terrible. He was such an energetic and feisty little guy since i got him last summer.

    I still don’t understand was the original problem was or how the water change made it so much worse. I want to make sure I understand what happened before getting another fish so if something similar were to happen again, I’d be better equipped to deal with it.

    Thanks for all your input so far!
  20. Milliemae124Valued MemberMember

    I know exactly how you feel, when my betta got fin rot no medication cured him and he passed away. I felt so bad because I felt like it was my fault. Things like this happen and sometimes there isn’t much you can do :)

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