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- Yeah, the box says tablespoon but long ago someone broke it down into tsps to make it easier for those with tanks smaller than 5g. I personally would go with the tsp because it's a lower dose and not as likely to shock his system but if you've had him at the tablespoon and he's been handling it fine, then you can definitely continue with that. You'll see a lot of difference of opinion on how much salt to use. Some say 1 tsp per gallon, some say 1 tablespoon per 2 gallons. Always go for the lower dose and increase as needed. That way you can monitor your fish and make sure he doesn't have a bad reaction.
I'm really glad to hear his wound is healing up. It's amazing how fast fins and scales can regenerate on a fish. Often, with torn fins, you can see new growth in as little as a day.
I'm really glad I've been able to help you. :) I've been there myself, worrying over my little betta babies so I totally understand how you feel.
Merry Christmas to you too. :)
- Well, it's true that the more you use salt the more chances you have of the bacteria becoming resistant. That's why, among other reasons, I discourage adding salt in on a regular basis (as some people do). But this one time won't hurt him at all. He'll grow some extra slime coat so it'll help prevent any bacteria from getting into his open wound. You can keep him in the salt for a few days to a week, with 14 days being the absolute max. If you change the water, be sure you add the same amount of salt that you took out back in. So if you changed say, half the water, add in half the salt.
I'm not sure I told you but the usual dosage for salt is 1 tsp per gallon. So if you took out 5 gallons in a water change, you would add in 5 tsps of salt with the new water.
Oh, and don't use salt if you have live plants or cory catfish in the tank. They're super sensitive to it.
- Since he's only taken two bites out of his tail, I would hold off on the salt for right now. Just make sure the water stays clean and you should see new fin growth within a day or two. It's amazing how fast fins regrow. To speed up regrowth, you can add API Stress Coat (medical dose, which is a capful) to his tank and also feed more frozen foods like frozen bloodworms. The high protein helps the regrowth process.
He sounds like he's got loads and loads of personality. :)
If you start to see more tears or blackened edges and large chunks of fin coming off at a time, then it's a concern and definitely time for AQ salt. AQ salt helps them produce extra slime coat which can "lift" bacteria off the body and coat open wounds so bacteria can't get in. Shouldn't be a concern if the water is clean though.
- Nope, no trouble at all, I'm happy to help. :)
Oh you're lucky, I don't have a betta with cute freckles. :D I think they're cute but I can definitely see where they'd cause a moment of worry. They do look like fleas or something on the fins.
So now he's started tailbiting too? Oh, naughty boy. Some bettas can be grumpy, I think, especially if they're used to a schedule and all of a sudden, it's thrown off. My sleep schedule/light schedule is always so wacky that I guess my bettas got used to the lights being on and off at weird times. I've had them bite for other reasons but not the lights . . . yet. *fingers crossed* Your guy apparently is expressing his mood and taking it out on his fins.
- Are the little tiny dots arranged in almost a pattern in his dorsal fin, like along the fin rays? Or are they more random? Any dots on his anal (bottom) fin? Some bettas do have wonderful "freckles" in their fins.
You can see how both these guys have spots in their fins. If the spots your fellow has don't really look like this, then I might need a pic of them to see if he could have fish lice.
I panicked quite a bit when Riceball started marbling because of that red color. I thought for sure he was getting septicemia and all sorts of things but once he started getting a few patches of black in with the red, I calmed down (a little). Kinda disappointed, I liked him all white. He always looked like a crazy runaway bride or something when he was swimming.
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Since he's not showing any other symptoms aside from the red patches, I hesitate to medicate him with anything stronger, since sometimes too much medication is just as bad as not medicating. One thing we can try is putting him in 1 tsp of AQ salt per gallon. For this, you might want to move him back to his smaller tank, as it makes it easier for water changes. AQ salt will help him produce extra slime coat which may "lift" any bacteria from his body and fins. I'd keep him in this for about a week and see if there is any change with the patches on his fins.
- Hmmm. The patches look normal to me, actually. Many bettas of that color develop red as they go along. Bettas are infamous for changing color on us. I would be very concerned if he had been darting or rubbing but since he isn't, I'm beginning to suspect that he's undergoing a natural change of color.
To clarify, he hasn't been losing any fin at all during this time? No unusual tears or rips?
Actually, I usually don't recommend Bettafix because it contains an ingredient, tea tree oil, that can potentially damage a betta's labyrinth organ. They use this organ to breathe air from the surface. Since it's all natural, I'm not sure how effective it is at treating bacterial infections.
- Hi, I'm more than happy to help. :) About the red patches. Do they look red like inflamed or red like it could possibly be his natural coloring? If he is a blue betta, blue bettas often have red ventrals and a red tint to their fins.
I would agree with you that if it was septicemia, his behavior would have at least changed some over the past several months but perhaps the bettafix helped? Also, if septicemia went on for that long, I would imagine it would have developed into sores on his body as well.
Is it possible for you to take a pic of his fins and post it?
Have you seen him darting or rubbing on anything?