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Fin and Tail Rot- Need Help
Old 06-25-2008, 10:54 PM   #1
 
Fin and Tail Rot- Need Help

Hello,
Let me give u guys some background. I started 10g fresh water tank about 3 months back and have been largely successful at maintaining the tank and tank mates alrite. I started with 3 tetras and now I have 9 fish ( 3 tetras and 6 platies) and they all live peacefully. Lately, I have been noticing that my platies have developed fin and tail rot disease. It seems this disease is of bacterial origin so I looked up some antibiotics at the local petstore. I would use it but I am worried that they will harm the useful bacteria in the tank. Can I use these antibiotics without worrying about this?
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Old 06-25-2008, 11:18 PM   #2
 
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im really new here but i had a beta with fin rot before and it healed very quickly with a 100pct water change. i know that with a beta thats easy and not all fish can handle that, and i dont suggest that for you. i would increase your water changes though before trying medicine. i think thats what most people here would suggest. also more information would help any of the more experienced people diagnose your problem better. a description of the fins and your water parameters would be helpful for sure. as i said i am new here so definitely wait for other replies from more reputable sources.

also there is a section in the forums for emergencies and diseases so i think your topic may get moved to there by a moderator.
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Old 06-26-2008, 06:23 AM   #3
 
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Fill the form in this link out and post it here: http://www.fishforum.com/viewtopic.php?t=882
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Old 06-26-2008, 09:16 AM   #4
 
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Hello,
Let me give u guys some background. I started 10g fresh water tank about 3 months back and have been largely successful at maintaining the tank and tank mates alrite. I started with 3 tetras and now I have 9 fish ( 3 tetras and 6 platies) and they all live peacefully. Lately, I have been noticing that my platies have developed fin and tail rot disease. It seems this disease is of bacterial origin so I looked up some antibiotics at the local petstore. I would use it but I am worried that they will harm the useful bacteria in the tank. Can I use these antibiotics without worrying about this?
All comments and suggestions are welcome.[/img]

Please see my answers below. I have answered them to the best of my ability

1. Size of aquarium (# of gallons) - 10 gallons
2. Is your aquarium setup freshwater or brackish water?- freshwater
3. How long the aquarium has been set up?- ~ 3 months
4. What fish and how many are in the aquarium (species are important to know)- 3 Bleeding heart tetras, 3 Red wag tail platies and 3 Mickey mouse platies
5. Are there live plants in the aquarium?- Yes (Amazon swords only)
6. What temperature is the tank water currently? 78-80 F
7. What make/model filter are you using? Marin Penguin Bio-wheel 100
8. Are you using a CO2 unit? Once a week
9. Does your aquarium receive natural sunlight at any given part of the day? Yes
10. When did you perform your last water exchange, and how much water was changed? Four days back about 25 %
11. How often do you perform water changes? Weekly
12. How often and what foods do you feed your fish? Flakes once daily, freeze dried brine shrimp once a week.
13. What type of lighting are you using and how long is it kept on? 15 W abt 5 hrs a day
14. What specific concerns bring you here at this time? Fin and Tail rot on my platies
15. What are your water parameters? Test your pH, ammonia, nitrite and nitrate. pH between 6.5- 7, ammonia about 0 ppm, same with nitrite and nitrate
16. What test kit are you using and is it liquid or test strips? Mardel strip testfor pH and nitrite and nitrate, kordon salicylate liwuid test for ammonia
17. When was the last time you bought a fish and how did they behave while in the pet store tank? About 3 weeks back and no noticable change in behaviour
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Old 06-26-2008, 05:15 PM   #5
 
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Any chance you can get a QT tank to treat them in? I wonder if bettababy's favored treatment would work in this case too...try PMing her and asking...
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Old 06-26-2008, 10:53 PM   #6
 
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id say pm bettababy ive read her posts for help with these sorts of problems and she is a total pro. also check out the emergencies and disease part of forum as you may see problems similar to yours with really helpful solutions. just wondering on your weekly water change how much water are you removing/replacing? because your water parameters seem fine and also as suggested above can you set up a QT tank for treatment if that is what is needed.
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Old 06-27-2008, 06:29 AM   #7
 
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It says 25% weekly which is fine.

The one thing I just noticed now that I didn't notice earlier: No nitrate reading. After three months it should be an established tank with a low nitrate reading. Either the test strips are messed up and you need to get a new testing method (API liquid kit is the best and not at all expensive), or that weekly CO2 (how and why are you doing it only once a week?) is messing things up.
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Old 06-27-2008, 12:45 PM   #8
 
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It says 25% weekly which is fine.

The one thing I just noticed now that I didn't notice earlier: No nitrate reading. After three months it should be an established tank with a low nitrate reading. Either the test strips are messed up and you need to get a new testing method (API liquid kit is the best and not at all expensive), or that weekly CO2 (how and why are you doing it only once a week?) is messing things up.
Thanks for your suggestion
I did set up a QT tank for the affected fish.
The CO2 unit I have recommended only once a week use. That is why I use it once a week.
Also, the nitrate levels are not completely zero. They are low.
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Old 06-27-2008, 12:46 PM   #9
 
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id say pm bettababy ive read her posts for help with these sorts of problems and she is a total pro. also check out the emergencies and disease part of forum as you may see problems similar to yours with really helpful solutions. just wondering on your weekly water change how much water are you removing/replacing? because your water parameters seem fine and also as suggested above can you set up a QT tank for treatment if that is what is needed.
Thanks. I will PM bettababy.
Also, I have set up a QT tank.
More suggestions and comments are wlecome.
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