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Fungus/Fin Rot On Our Boy!
Old 04-25-2014, 03:20 PM   #11
 
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Are you 100% sure that it is fin rot? Clean water and good nutrition should take care of that in the early stages.

If it is bacterial fin rot and it doesn't get better without treatment, you should be using a gram-negative bacterial med like Furan2 or Triple Sulfa. Don't forget to remove any charcoal from your filters if you have any in there while treating.

I'm pretty sure that the Marineland eclipse has one of those rectangular blue filter pads that sit to the right of the bio-wheel. If that's the same one you have, it has charcoal in it.

You can remove it and cut a piece of rectangular filter floss to fit the cavity. If it's fairly new, put it back in after treatment to remove meds from the tank.

Good luck, I hope your fish heals up quickly.
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Old 04-25-2014, 03:43 PM   #12
 
Not charcoal...........carbon cartridge. It says "carbon" right on the 3-pac package and it sits to left of our bio-wheel. Anyway, we did remove it, but left the bio-wheel in and running. We put the cartridge in a small bucket of tank water until the treatment is done, then put back in.

We just started, last night, a 5-day tablet treatment of Jungle Lifeguard. We used that the last time we had this happen (end of last month). It done a great job! Don't know what will happen this time though. Wait and see.

He hasn't lost his appetite......4 Omega One Buffet pellets this AM and a bite of Frozen Bloodworm this afternoon for a snack. Gobbled the bloodworm right up.

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Are you 100% sure that it is fin rot? Clean water and good nutrition should take care of that in the early stages.

If it is bacterial fin rot and it doesn't get better without treatment, you should be using a gram-negative bacterial med like Furan2 or Triple Sulfa. Don't forget to remove any charcoal from your filters if you have any in there while treating.

I'm pretty sure that the Marineland eclipse has one of those rectangular blue filter pads that sit to the right of the bio-wheel. If that's the same one you have, it has charcoal in it.

You can remove it and cut a piece of rectangular filter floss to fit the cavity. If it's fairly new, put it back in after treatment to remove meds from the tank.

Good luck, I hope your fish heals up quickly.
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Old 04-25-2014, 04:04 PM   #13
 
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Sorry if I sounded cryptic, the charcoal is made of carbon. Carbon is the common term used.

I must be thinking of barbecuing tonight - LOL.
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Old 04-28-2014, 09:06 AM   #14
 
Now into our 5th day of treatment and white stuff still showing in fins. Dorsal fin looks half gone and looks a little twisted, but looks like he is swimming around fine. He hasn't lost his appetite at all thru the treatment.

Will finish this treatment, do a 50% w/c, Prime and 24 hours later put in another 3.38oz of TSS. Have our carbon cartridge out, but bio-wheel is where most of our bb is at and bio-wheel was left in during treatment (advised to us). So, TSS will add the bb we will need.

We really don't know what our betta, Stormy, has on 2 fins, but w/his appetite still great and swimming around nicely (seems), don't know what to do next.

One thing we DON'T want to do is..........over medicate the aquarium/him!

After this treatment, w/c, Prime and TSS, will keep doing 20% (or higher) w/c and adding Prime and HOPE his fins get better.

Anymore recommendations/advice would be appreciated.
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Old 04-28-2014, 09:14 AM   #15
 
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Can you post a few pictures? Preferably close ups?
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Old 04-28-2014, 10:21 AM   #16
 
Will TRY!

Unfortunately, posting pics can be hard depending personal Internet settings and other things. But, again, will try.

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Old 04-29-2014, 10:05 AM   #17
 
Here is a photo of him showing part of dorsal fin gone and condition of tail fin. Photo taken yesterday/posted today.
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Old 04-29-2014, 10:21 AM   #18
 
Today is the last day for the Jungle Lifeguard treatment. Tomorrow I do a 25% (or more) w/c along with Prime. Just before doing the w/c, will put the old carbon cartridge back in the aquarium.......it's been sitting in some tank water. Also, while doing the w/c, will try to vacuum as much of the gravel as I can. I think that that was the problem that might have caused this fin problem. I was doing w/c's, but unless a person is doing a combo of a w/c and vacuuming the gravel, debris under the gravel stays. I was only sucking the water out of the aquarium with the vacuum, not going across/into the gravel.

On Thursday, will check the water parameters to see if a mini-cycle is needed. Had to do one w/TSS after we done the last Jungle Lifeguard treatment on the 1st of this month. But, we have a new 3.38oz bottle of TSS ready, if needed.

Before any questions are asked about doing a mini-cycle, our bio-wheel was left in and running during the med treatment and the med treatment most likely killed most of the bb on the bio-wheel. It's the bio-wheel, not the carbon cartridge that holds our bb.

After that, we will monitor his fins and go from there. One thing is for sure, we won't do another med treatment for at least a couple of weeks........don't want to over-medicate him. Hopefully some 25% or more w/c's and gravel vacuuming will help his fins get better.
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Old 05-07-2014, 11:50 AM   #19
 
UPDATE

Last Thursday (May 1st), started doing 40% water changes every-other day and adding Stress Coat Plus. During that time period, also vacuumed the gravel twice. Today will be our last "every-other day" water change. We will now do a water change every 3rd day for a week. After that, regular once-a-week water changes, but will continue using the Stress Coat Plus for healing/regrowth. His water temp is 84 w/the 10W Mini Heater plugged in (not adjustable). Was told the warmer water temp will help with healing, but if the water temp goes above 84, b/c of high outside temp, will unplug 'til nighttime. We want a healing/healthy beta, not a COOKED one!

Appears the fin rot has stopped.......no white spots showing. At least half of his dorsal fin is gone and some little holes in his anal fin, but he doesn't seem to have trouble swimming. And, still has his appetite!

Think we will take out the Floating Betta Log for awhile. He isn't sleeping in it like he use to. Will check his water parameters tonight. Have a bottle of TSS ready to go in if need be.

Today he's not real happy with us b/c it's his "fasting" day.

Any other recommendations?
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Old 05-13-2014, 11:55 AM   #20
 
ANOTHER UPDATE:

Now doing a 20 to 40 percent w/c every 3 days or so for a week or so. Have changed back to using Prime from using Stress Coat Plus. Tested his water parameters this past Sunday and ammonia was slightly high (between 0 and 0.5). Have a 3.38 oz. bottle of TSS ready to put in shortly (but NOT the same day I do a w/c). Some extra bb won't hurt anything and will bring that ammonia level completely down to 0.

Turn the heater on sometimes at night, but turn it off in the morning. It's just too warm outside (here in northeastern Florida) to have it on during the day.

Don't know when his fins will grow back, but appears the bacteria is gone. Won't do another med treatment..........just the w/c's, Prime and vacuum the gravel.

We are going to get another Mixed Nerite Snail since two are recommended for a 5 gallon tank. Have one Ghost Shrimp, but might get one more.

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