Think your betta fish has fin or tail rot? Learn about the causes, symptoms, and treatment for this bacterial disease that leads to deteriorating fins.
Finally, especially as per Bettas, genetics and age can lower a fish resistance to disease. Unfortunately the popularity of bettas (& other fish) has led to the in-breeding of Bettas that has resulted in genetically weak fish. As well often these same less-than-scrupulous breeders will dump older Bettas on the market after their useful breeding life has passed, so a Betta you purchase may not only be genetically weak, but much older than you think! This is especially common of Bettas sold to discounters such as Walmart and chain pet stores. The end result is a Betta that is predisposed to diseases, including fin rot, and even treatments that may work under normal circumstances will not with these fish.
What follows is just an example of treating a mild case of betta fish fin rot with aquarium salt. Please understand this as just an example, and that it is assumed that the example betta is already in it’s quarantine tank. Be sure to read the labeling of your aquarium salt thoroughly before administering treatment to your own betta fish.
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If prevention of fin and tail rot has failed you, you hadn’t yet learned how to prevent it, or you just managed to buy a fish already suffering from fin rot, don’t worry. Fin rot treatment is easy and medications are readily available from local fish stores and online vendors. In most cases treatment for fish fin rot is as easy as dropping some tablets or drops in the water. In my experience, the most effective fin rot medications come from Mardel. Mardel makes a variety of very effective fin and tail rot medications such as Maracyn, Maracyn-Two, Maracyn Plus Antibacteria and Tetracycline. I have found that doing a partial water change before adding the medication yields faster and better results. This is especially true if you are dealing with betta fin rot or gold fish fin rot. Betta and goldfish fin rot can also be combated by raising the temperature a few degrees along with the fin rot medication. Cooler water can sometimes provide better conditions for the fin rot bacterium. I recommend keeping fin and tail rot treatment on hand at all times. In my experience, it seems that problems in the fish tank are usually noticed after normal business hours or on weekends when getting the right meds can be hard. Knowing how to identify and properly cure fin rot is important to all hobbyists. Make certain to read and closely follow the directions for any fin rot medicine.I noticed my betta has fin rot 2 days ago. I suspected one of my plant was dying in the tank; maybe the rotting plant caused it.. Or my hands were dirty? I did hand feed him cause he was quite friendly and fun. Now I feel really sorry for the poor guy.. The old tank has filter, heater and everything.. but I guess betta fish is not as hardy as gold fish? Not sure. Friendly comment please... treatmeant: 1 tsp acquarium salt per one gallon. 7 days. its first day.My new betta fish has been in a 12 liter tank for about 1 month, and this week i have noticed his fins are all jagged. Therefore i have done some research about jagged fins and the only thing that came up was fin rot. I do 50% water changes every week, i feed him every day and he eats well. I do not yet have any treatment solutions and will not have any for about 1 week; will it be too late or will my betta fish or will it survive if i move it to anther tank (with conditioned water) without decoration or gravel? what advice could you give me?Treatment for fin-rot varies. Mild cases of fin rot may clear up on their own just by fixing the cause. Once the bacteria has died the Bettafix can help to heal bloody fin tips and regenerate new tissue. Bettafix on it’s own, however, is too mild to treat more severe fin rot. Although they claim to treat bacteria, it is really more of an antiseptic then an antibiotic. For severe cases I suggest dosing with an aquarium antibiotic made to treat gram-negative bacterial infections like Minicycline or Tetracycline. (Mardel’s Maracyn-Two or Maracyn-TC are examples). Fortunately, there are lots of great websites that will deliver your aquarium medications to you so you don’t have to worry about not having a car. (I also don’t have a car) I really like or even or may provide mail-order fish medications. You can also pick up your water test kits online. The one set-back you will find is that most of these antibiotics are in pill form and designed to treat 10 gallon aquariums. You may have a difficult time dosing for such a tiny bowl. This may be a good time to consider new digs for your Betta. I frequently find 5 1/2 gallon tanks on or at garage sales for free or just a few bucks. Even brand new they are super cheap. This will provide a more stable environment for your Betta, will be easier to medicate and ultimately will be less work for you because the maintenance will be less. Five gallons are also large enough to house a small filter and 25 watt aquarium heater. Creating a complete ecosystem will benefit both you and your fish.