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Author Topic: Can't seem to get rid of fin rot  (Read 1892 times)
« on: February 25, 2008, 06:29:31 PM »

My two bettas are still having problems with tail rot. I've used Melafix, even more than recommended, and they still seem to have it. It's not terribly bad, but still it concerns me. I've done complete water changes upto 2x per week. I've been using tap water treatment Stress Coat and there is nothing in the tank that would catch on their fins and no strong water currents.  Any other treatment opions???
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« Reply #1 on: February 25, 2008, 06:37:15 PM »

Stop the melafix.  You've been using it too long.  I know someone that had fin rot problems with his betta and he cured it by putting him into a 10 gallon community tank with plenty of current.  Took awhile for the boy to get up his swim muscles, but he also has currentless spots to relax when he feels like it.  His fins healed up and he's been doing quite well for over a year now.
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« Reply #2 on: February 25, 2008, 06:38:48 PM »

Thanks, I just went to pecto's website and I found Bettafix, should I try that?? I don't have a second tank to put my fishies in.
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« Reply #3 on: February 25, 2008, 07:15:06 PM »

freshwater fish love fresh water.  'nuf said!

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« Reply #4 on: February 25, 2008, 07:24:25 PM »

 You could try daily 50% water changes for a week or so.... Fresh water can be great medicine....
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« Reply #5 on: February 25, 2008, 11:24:45 PM »

How big is the tank? I have a Betta in a 12" cube. I fixed that problem by doing 75% water changes daily, and reducing the current to almost nothing. If your tank is <20g then 75% pwc would take almost no time at all. Afterall you are wanting to have a really healthy fish Smiley

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« Reply #6 on: February 26, 2008, 08:10:33 AM »

Thanks, I just went to pecto's website and I found Bettafix, should I try that?? I don't have a second tank to put my fishies in.
BettaFix and MelaFix have the same active ingredient, 'Melaleuca' (Tea Tree oil) at different concentrations (1.0% vs. 0.2%).  Please refer to:
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