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BadFishDaddy 05-24-2011 11:09 AM

Is fin and tail rot isolated
Hi everyone,

I'm back with another question.

I have been treating one of my fish for tail rot. I have him in a QT tank and he is doing quite well. In fact, I'm getting ready to put him back in my regular tank tomorrow: :-D

Unfortunately, I found another fish dead today. When inspecting him, it looks like he suffered from tail rot too. I'm not sure how I didn't see this as I have been looking at my fish everyday and checking for issues.

Anyway, my question is this: Since I now have had two fish with tail rot, should I treat the entire tank? I have visually inspected all my fish that are left in the tank and see NO visual signs of fin/tail rot or distress.

I am also treating the large tank for Ick. The last treatment was 2 days ago. I will be doing a water change and adding my charcoal back tonight

I have a 60 gallon tank.
3 Platy,
8 lemon tetras
4 serape tetras
3 upside down cats
1 pleco
2 mollys (one in QT tank)
1 mystery snail (in it's own tank due to toxicity of ick treatment)

pH 7.4
Ammonia 0.25 (same as tap water)
Nitrite 0
Nitrate 5
GH 11
KH 3

Thanks for your thoughts.

SinCrisis 05-24-2011 11:19 AM

if you dont see any signs of more rot, then i would hold off on treating for it. However, if it does come back on any one of your fishes, i would treat the tank as a whole.

BadFishDaddy 05-24-2011 07:48 PM


It that tank is still OK, however, I have decided to treat my other Molly for an additional 5 days. Although he seems to be doing well, his tail is still not looking great and his body at the base by his tail is white (he is a black molly) I fear he didn't get the best treatment because I went out of town after treating him for 3 days so he had 3 treatments, 2 days off and 2 more treatments. I'm just going to repeat the 5 days.

Thanks again for the advice.

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