Clo Posted March 24 Share Posted March 24 Hello I am coming here to pick up some brain storming out of the specialist in fish diseases here.I have been having a lot of trouble with my Betta fish. I have him since a little over a year, bought him at Petco. He was already quit grown then so I estimate he is around a year and a half old. He has been only worries from day one! So I'll give a little background, but before I start I will put all the water parameters out of the way. I keep him in 14 gallons heavily planted, he has always been in cycled set up, even in the hospital tank I use a seasoned sponge filter. The way I set up my stocking vs plant I have constant nitrates levels and phosphate levels under detectable range so close to 0. I still do a weekly water change of about 15%. When I got my Betta, he showed signs of heavy constipation and fin rot. I treated him with the med trio and fed him kanaplex for 10days. Following that he was better for a month, then his fins started curling. I havr very hard water, I read it can cause fin curl. So I re-scaped the tank added substrate than lower the hardness and started using a mix of tap and distilled water for water change. Now the pH sits around 7 and the hardness around 5degrees. Betta's fins uncurled, healed and he was fine for a couple months. Then he started getting tears in his fins. When it got bad I treated him with maracyn and maracyn 2 for 10days. It came back again. I took out everything even mildly sharp, sanded the rocks and wood, even remove the top tube of the sponge filter. Still came back. I started thinking he was bitting his fins, so I worked out on finding tank mates. Some I tried stressed him out and made things worse. Until I found the right combination of Otocinclus and amanos shrimp that entertain him without stressing him. He got better and for 4 months, no fin damages were observable. Then I had a problem in the tank, the wood started rotting and I had some fungus growing everywhere, the fungus infected my shrimps and the otos started dying. Betta fish had the worst fins ever. So I took everyone out of the tank, in separate set ups. I medicated the shrimp, they kicked out that fungus after 2 molts. Medicated the Betta with fungus clear and kanaplex for 10 days. In parallel I re-scaped the tank to remove that rotting wood. I put everyone back healthy a month ago. All the the little habitant love the new scape, my Betta healed and even started to look pretty. Then yesterday morning a spotted the come back of the dreadful fin problem! Here how the symptoms look: The fins don't look especially frayed it looks more like tears. But they exhibit tiny red sore at the tip. Rather than progressing in fin loss, the red spots just come and go. One day one place, another day somewhere else. It's always on the fins, the tear left behind often doesn't heal but doesn't get larger. Just new tears appears. The picture below shows how my Betta look like as off yesterday: At this point after 1years of the same chronic problem is there even a point medicating? I should mentioned that it never affects his behavior, it doesn't matter how bad his fins look he is oblivious to it! I just worry all the time that it is going to cause him a major infection, so I medicated every time it looked too bad. So any thoughts on what it is? Chronic fin rot ? Fin bitting ? Something else? Bad immune system? Here is the list of medication I tried so far all showed slight improvement but never stopped it from coming back: Kanaplex, Maracyn, Maracyn2, Paracleanse, Salt, fungus clear & botanical/tanins. anyone has already seen that? Or knows? Because I am sooo tired of it. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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