05-01-2011, 01:06 PM
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A few things for you.... 1st, get the Fungus Eliminator and start the treatment asap. Continue to treat according to directions until the fins appear to grow back to normal. I recently helped nurse one back to health and he needed over a month of treatment, but end result was that he healed completely and is thriving now. If you stop the meds too soon the infection will come back. If left alone it can damage the fish's immune system or kill the fish. If you don't treat long enough the bacteria can build up an immunity to medication, making it impossible to find an effective treatment the next time around.
Keep the fish warm... 80 - 82 degrees. Be sure to feed nutritious foods which will help to keep the fish strong through his fight. Betta pellets, brine shrimp, live black worms if you have them available, mosquito larvae, all good options. Avoid blood worms and flake foods which tend to pollute the water more than they feed the fish. Dirty water contributes to fin rot.
If the sick fish is sharing the tank water with another betta (via divided tank) be sure to treat both fish in this tank, do not remove the other fish. The early stages of fin rot are typically undetectable. That means even if the other fish doesn't yet show symptoms that does not mean that the other fish isn't infected. The Fungus Eliminator is safe to use as a preventive treatment as well as for the illness and when long term treatment is needed it will not harm the fish. This is not true of other medications. The fizz tabs are not something I would opt for in this situation because there is no way to control the amount of medication the fish is getting.
And lastly, be sure water changes and carbon are used to remove ALL of the ich meds from the water before adding any other medication. Not all medications can be mixed safely, some combinations can be toxic/deadly.
Best of luck to you. If you need further help or have questions about treatment please ask, don't guess or assume. If Fungus Eliminator is not available to you then please let me know and I will do my best to suggest another medication, but please be aware that the effectiveness of other meds in treating fin rot in a betta is nothing compared to the Fungus Eliminator. Effective options are quite limited.
Best of luck to you!