Thursday, 3 April 2008

How to Cure Fin Rots of Betta Fish



Now a day's most of the betta fish owners are facing the problem of fin rot. Fin rot is a type of bacterial infection that occurs mostly in the bitten or torn fins - generally tails – which gets dragged across polluted gravel. Bacteria very easily enter the injury and starts 'feeding' off the soft tissues of the fish's tail. Betta Splendens, the fantastic betta samuri fighting fish, is very vulnerable to these types of fin rots because these bettas have long, flourishing fins which mostly remain in touch with the tank floor, soaking up that infection causing bacteria.

Solution of this problem is definitely within your reach. The solution is clean water and clean gravel. You can place different toys, rocks, caves, snail shells, silk plants etc. for your fish to rest on. This helps to keep them away from the gravel. Bettas like to rest very much.

Cleaning gravel is simple. If you possess a tank which contains ten gallon water with filter, then you can plan your cleaning procedure like water changing and gravel vacuum cleaning in 2-3 weeks. It might be done at an interval of a month.

But for fishes living in small tanks the water changing procedure is very important. If you have lively fin rot circumstances, you should change the water in small intervals. Change it daily if possible, and add a little quantity of aquarium salt, which will make the water less friendly for microbes specially disease causing bacteria's. You can utilize a turkey baster to get rid of gravel crud as often as possible. Don't allow the fin rot get a foothold by any means!

Fresh water and salt are the best precautionary measures against various fish disease causing microbes. Various medications are available in the market, but many of those might make the things go worse. Actually, most of the medicines have side effects, and which generally result in killing off the good microscopic plants together with the bad, which many a times stresses out the fish. Adding something to water raises the ion load. Finally, if you have placed a filter in the tank, then you must take out the carbon when you medicate...or else the carbon will take away the medicine. On the other hand on lacking carbon, your fish will also have to deal with with increased levels of ammonia.

If you like this article, then you might be interested in getting the "Caring for a Betta Fish: An Insider’s Guide for Betta Lovers By Marcus Song" ebook.

It has some important facts and information on how to keep your Betta correctly fed and what food to avoid, keeping your treasured pet safe, healthy and Happy.

We have reviewed it and the review can be found
here.


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1 comment:

the_sparrow said...

hey,

my betta is starting to develop some weird fuzzy thing on its tail. im a little worried. ive had it for less than a week, in a bowl. the water is clean and so is the gravel and the castle i put into it.

could this be fin rot? i have another question, however.. could the betta have cut its fin on the sharp angles of the castle?

i would greatly appreciate it if you left a comment on my blog or something about it =D