I seen the pic of your fella and he does have a pretty bad case of rot...do you have any tannins-from IAL, native oak leaf..even the blackwater extract they sell, or decaf green tea bags will work and pre-mix one of these in a 1g jug- steep for at least an hour, add the aquarium salt 1tsp/g, dechlorinator (shake well before use) use this pre-mixed treatment water for 100% daily water changes in a small QT container that you can float in a heated tank-76-77F for 10 days-this pre-mixed water will start to get dark amber in color the longer it steeps and releases the tannins-this is what you want...it can take at least a week to start to see any improvement and healing- soon you will see white to clear edges of re-growth-total regrowth can take months and you may have to repeat the 10 day treatment every month until he fully recovers-Feed a high protein diet too of live or frozen food-small amount several times a day but not so much the he bloats to encourage healing..
I personally don't use it and I too have read both good and bad-my understanding with this product is that it will not hurt the fish directly per se...but the fumes it emits can cause adverse effects on the labyrinth organ and best to keep the top open on the treatment container to limit the fumes and effect-but otherwise can be safe-Information that I read written by the maker also states that the product has limited effect on some bacteria-not all and so it is a crap shoot so to speak when you use it...a bit dependent on the pathogen that causes the illness in the first place.
Hey OFL..You posted on my thread -Betta took a Fall- and I was wondering if you have had any issues with using Melafix? I have read up on it and there are both good and bad things about it.. so I have been using it for treatment and have had no issues with it so far...But im wary...What is your input? Thanks CTL
Hey Julie and welcome to the forum and the wonderful world of Betta keeping....it can be addictive....lol......I live on a working cattle ranch so we have lots of critters...lol.....sometimes I think there is an invisible sign at my gate that tells all critter that are lost, injured or hungry to come on down-help is just around the corner...laffs.....thats some of the reason I have nearly 30 cats...lol...but I have big hay barns too....I once trained and gave instruction on dog obedience for many years....always love the agility part but never went that direction...sure is fun to watch.....Australia, the one place I have always wanted to go...that is so cool.....welcome to the forum and ask all the question you need we have a great group of folks here that are always happy to help.....
Thank you for your advice on cleaning a used tank. I saw your "about me" page and I am another one who likes everything animal! I also have 2 dogs, a cat, 7 canaries, 6 budgies, and a cockatiel. I trial one of my dogs in agility and obedience. I'm originally from the US (Michigan City, IN) but married an Australian guy and moved to Australia in 2004. This seems like a great site to learn from and I'm sure I'll have more questions to help Leroy be nice and comfy!