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post #1 of 16 Old 05-28-2011, 10:46 PM Thread Starter
How to know when tail rot is gone

Hi everyone,

I am hoping this will be my last question on the fish disease thread.

I have a Molly with dorsal fin rot (as some of you know). I have been treating him in a QT tank for 10 days now. I did the first treatment and he looked good, swimming, eating etc., but his tail still looked bad.

My question is this: How long does it take for the tail to return to normal?

OK I have other questions: Should I have continued to treat him like I did? The box says you can repeat the treatment once, so I did. I'm not sure his tail is looking any better, but he seems fine.

If his tail doesn't get better in the normal time (answer to my first question) do I retreat him or not since he has already had 10 days of treatment.

If everything goes well, my poor lonely Molly will rejoin his friends in the big tank.

As always, Thank you in advance
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post #2 of 16 Old 05-28-2011, 11:26 PM
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In my experience the fin rot is noticed by it's whitish or slightly lighter edges, when my guppy had fin rot I treated for it and the white edges disappeared, that's when I knew the rot was gone. Technically his fins didn't grow back as soon as the rot disappeared, instead I had to treat with some melafix to help regrow his fins. It helped a lot. But the question is, is the rot gone? Can you see the white/light stuff anymore?

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post #3 of 16 Old 05-29-2011, 08:53 AM Thread Starter
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But the question is, is the rot gone? Can you see the white/light stuff anymore?
Hi Andarial,

Thank you for your reply. At this point I'm not sure if I can see the white stuff anymore. I won't know until I pull him out of the QT tank (It's a home depot bucket so I can't see in through the sides). After the first treatment, I thought he looked OK until I pulled him out. It was then that I noticed the white at the base of his tail (more on his body than tail).

If it is still there what should I do? The medicine says two treatments maximum. I have already done that. My fish seems healthier than when I put him in. He is swimming more (especially at the top, like mollys like to do).

Thanks again for the help.
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post #4 of 16 Old 05-29-2011, 10:48 AM
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Hey ^^

What kind of medication is it? Do you have the name? If so I can look it up and see if I can help.

40 gallon with 13 hermit crabs- 11 PPs, 1 E, 1 Straw
25 Gallon
~2 Dwarf Puffer- Sidney and Cairo, 4 Amano Shrimp, 4 Blue Pearl Shrimp, 4 Yellow Cherry Shrimp, 2 Mandarin Cherry Shrimp, Too many RCS, 4 Crystal Red Shrimp, 4- Otos

5 gallon
~White/Teal/Red Betta- Phantom, Snails

25 Gallon
~Leopard Gecko- Desert Rose
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post #5 of 16 Old 05-29-2011, 10:53 AM Thread Starter
The medication is marycin and marycin 2
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post #6 of 16 Old 05-29-2011, 11:05 AM
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You removed the carbon and lowered the temperature right?

40 gallon with 13 hermit crabs- 11 PPs, 1 E, 1 Straw
25 Gallon
~2 Dwarf Puffer- Sidney and Cairo, 4 Amano Shrimp, 4 Blue Pearl Shrimp, 4 Yellow Cherry Shrimp, 2 Mandarin Cherry Shrimp, Too many RCS, 4 Crystal Red Shrimp, 4- Otos

5 gallon
~White/Teal/Red Betta- Phantom, Snails

25 Gallon
~Leopard Gecko- Desert Rose
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Temp is 74 and carbon removed
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post #8 of 16 Old 05-29-2011, 11:11 AM
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hmmm

Well the possibility of it being a resistant strain is there, you may need stronger meds. The article I read says if there is no change after two treatments then switch to a stronger medication. Do you want me to look up some?

40 gallon with 13 hermit crabs- 11 PPs, 1 E, 1 Straw
25 Gallon
~2 Dwarf Puffer- Sidney and Cairo, 4 Amano Shrimp, 4 Blue Pearl Shrimp, 4 Yellow Cherry Shrimp, 2 Mandarin Cherry Shrimp, Too many RCS, 4 Crystal Red Shrimp, 4- Otos

5 gallon
~White/Teal/Red Betta- Phantom, Snails

25 Gallon
~Leopard Gecko- Desert Rose
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Temp is 74 and carbon removed
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post #10 of 16 Old 05-29-2011, 11:26 AM Thread Starter
That would be great. Thank you.
Where are you looking for your info. I am certainly willing to look stuff up. I just don't know where to look or what to trust, other than people here.
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