Fin rot is a common symptom of a bacterial disease that can affect a variety of fish, from Betta fish to goldfish
This concludes the identification of, and treatment for, betta fish fin rot. While this has been a lot of scary sounding information to learn about, remember that simplest solutions often work the best. Clean water and regular water changes alone can do wonders for your betta’s health and happiness. Betta fish fin rot is much easier to deal with by preforming regular preventative maintenance. Keeping your betta clean, warm and well fed without any stress will help keep your betta away from any of this rottenness. Here’s wishing you and your betta all the besta !
Severe cases of fin rot (fins just seemingly melting away and falling off in big pieces or when the rot is close to the body) should always be treated with an antibacterial fish medication like Sera Baktopur Direct or Tetracycline. Products like Melafix, Pimafix and Bettafix do not cure fin rot and may actually make it worse.
Betta fish fin rot is a common yet preventable betta fish disease
Fin Rot On Betta Fish | My Aquarium Club
It is also important to on a regular basis. All fish, particularly those with long flowing fins such as the Betta, have a tendency to contract Fin Rot when the temperature of the water is either too low or too warm for sustained periods of time.Sometimes you will get a stubborn case of fin rot that nothing seems to help, or a betta that just seems prone to contracting Fin Rot over and over no matter what you do. If you run through several medications and nothing seems to help, you may want to just try 1tsp/gallon of rock/aquarium salt and daily water changes for a few weeks and see how he does. Sometimes we can so overmedicate our fish that the medications themselves start stressing them to the point they get sicker and sicker and stopping medications might be the most humane thing we can do. I've had extremely Fin Rot prone bettas do excellently with just daily water changes after all else had failed.Even though Fin Rot is not contagious, it is still a good idea to isolate a betta that you are attempting to treat for Fin Rot. There are several reasons for this, but the main reason is that it's much easier to keep the water absolutely pristine when you have a fish in an isolation container. The secondary big reason (maybe this should be first) is that many medications used to treat fin rot can kill your biological filtration, live plants, and may be harmful to other animals in your tank (depending on the medication and the other animals). It's also just generally a good idea to isolate any sick fish when treating them so that they are not getting picked on and there is no chance of passing any secondary infections on to other fish, as well as making it easier on you to monitor the health and progress of your fish.If clean water isn’t working or the fin rot is already too severe, it’s unfortunately time to move on to stronger medication: antibiotics. These are not available over the counter everywhere, but in the US you should be able to find them. treats gram-negative bacteria that are usually the cause of fin rot and is a popular treatment for bacterial fish disease. With the right treatment you should see some fin regrowth in no time. The bettas pictured below are the same fish!