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  • Betta with scum on fins
  • Scum on betta fins

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    02-03-2012, 08:39 PM
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Teracyclin (an antibiotic) or Neosuflex is what he needs. To me it sounds as if your new Beta has fin rot, which is caused by dirty water. Still eating and swimming about are good signs though! Use the Teracyclin until you see fins begin to grow back, then switch to Betta-Max once a month , a vitamin rich suppliment that will aid him in healing and won't hurt him. You can also add a pinch of aquarium or rock salt every time you clean his bown.

Also keep his water as clean as possible, by removing 1/3 of it every 4-5 days, and scrubbing it out when scum begins to build up. This will keep fin-rot from reoccuring!
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    02-03-2012, 08:42 PM
  #12
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I have always preferred to keep my bettas on a diet of frozen foods (though I really prefer live - but those can be hard to find/maintain on your own) - brine shrimp, blood worms, glass worms, black worms, etc and supplement that with flake/pellet foods. Maintaining healthy water will be key in preventing infection and promoting healthy fin growth and recovery. I know bettas are commonly seen as easy/bowl fish, but I prefer to keep mine in a setting where they can thrive vs. survive. My minimum is 2.5 gallon and I use gentle filtration rather than the old fashioned use a bow/remove the fish/clean the bowl/repeat approach. A sponge filter or SMALL power filter is a great way to keep your bettas water healthy.
Don't get me started on WM and their fish keeping "skills"...........that's a rant for another day.
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    02-03-2012, 08:45 PM
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Originally Posted by Endiku    
Teracyclin (an antibiotic) or Neosuflex is what he needs. To me it sounds as if your new Beta has fin rot, which is caused by dirty water. Still eating and swimming about are good signs though! Use the Teracyclin until you see fins begin to grow back, then switch to Betta-Max once a month , a vitamin rich suppliment that will aid him in healing and won't hurt him. You can also add a pinch of aquarium or rock salt every time you clean his bown.

Also keep his water as clean as possible, by removing 1/3 of it every 4-5 days, and scrubbing it out when scum begins to build up. This will keep fin-rot from reoccuring!


Thank you!! I do find it funny how I get more, better descriptive answers from people on a horse forum than I do in an actual fish store :) We were googling what his symptoms and we had a good idea it was fin rot, but you know the internet now a days, it can tell you anything!!!! >.< I'm uploading pics of the little man right now!
     
    02-03-2012, 08:46 PM
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Originally Posted by themacpack    
Don't get me started on WM and their fish keeping "skills"...........that's a rant for another day.
Oh my, I'm with you all the way on that!!
     
    02-03-2012, 08:46 PM
  #15
Foal
Here he is! They aren't high quality, but you can see his fins :(
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    02-03-2012, 08:48 PM
  #16
Green Broke
If you are referring to WM as "an actual fish store" that is your problem - even PetSmart/Co doesn't fall into that category, imo. I am a fan of seeking advice from a nice LFS (Local Fish Store) where the staff are more than likely to have multiple tanks at home as well as the ones at work and have years of fish keeping knowledge to draw on.
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    02-03-2012, 08:49 PM
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Originally Posted by themacpack    
If you are referring to WM as "an actual fish store" that is your problem - even PetSmart/Co doesn't fall into that category, imo. I am a fan of seeking advice from a nice LFS (Local Fish Store) where the staff are more than likely to have multiple tanks at home as well as the ones at work and have years of fish keeping knowledge to draw on.

LOL no, I'm referring to an actual local fish store. They just stared at me funny when I took him in and asked what was wrong.

I live in a very small area though, the nearest "larger" pet shops are an hour, two hours away.
     
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