Treating Betta Finrot Without Medication? | My Aquarium Club
If you suspect the fin rot is severe the betta may need your help to recover through use of medication and clean water
If your betta's tail is white or clear at the end, and has no signs of black or burnt-looking edges, your fish has fully recovered from fin rot. The white and clear parts you see is regrowth. No need to medicate.
Then you need to treat your buddy! You can try BettaFix remedy (see it in the article) - it can fight a number of health conditions, including ulcers, wounds, fin & tail rot and mouth fungus. There are just many medications for fin rot- follow the BettaFix link in the article to see them on amazon. Look also for jungle fungus eliminator, meracyn, waterlife, melafix, myxazin, etc.
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How to Treat Fin Rot: 10 Steps (with Pictures) - wikiHow
Even though Fin Rot is not contagious, it is still a good idea to isolate a betta that you are attempting to treat for Fin Rot. There are several reasons for this, but the main reason is that it's much easier to keep the water absolutely pristine when you have a fish in an isolation container. The secondary big reason (maybe this should be first) is that many medications used to treat fin rot can kill your biological filtration, live plants, and may be harmful to other animals in your tank (depending on the medication and the other animals). It's also just generally a good idea to isolate any sick fish when treating them so that they are not getting picked on and there is no chance of passing any secondary infections on to other fish, as well as making it easier on you to monitor the health and progress of your fish.Sometimes you will get a stubborn case of fin rot that nothing seems to help, or a betta that just seems prone to contracting Fin Rot over and over no matter what you do. If you run through several medications and nothing seems to help, you may want to just try 1tsp/gallon of rock/aquarium salt and daily water changes for a few weeks and see how he does. Sometimes we can so overmedicate our fish that the medications themselves start stressing them to the point they get sicker and sicker and stopping medications might be the most humane thing we can do. I've had extremely Fin Rot prone bettas do excellently with just daily water changes after all else had failed.Many Petstores will try to sell you a product called Melafix or Bettafix for the treatment of Fin Rot. In my personal experience, neither of these products (which actually have the same active ingredient, Melaleuca or Tea Tree Oil) will help with the treatment of true Fin Rot. They may help regrow fins damaged by Fin Rot once the bacteria is killed off, but they are not the right type of medication to actually "cure" Fin Rot. Treating with either of these products may stop the advance of the rot, but once you stop treatment it is almost guaranteed to come back. Don't be fooled into purchasing this medication as treatment for Fin Rot, although you can purchase it to use after you've cured the rot and just want something to prevent growing fins from being re-infected. End of lecture!If you notice that the Fin Rot is getting worse or is way past this stage when you notice it, it's time to bring out the big guns. Because Fin Rot is a gram-negative rod bacterial infection, you want to treat it with either a good, broad spectrum antibiotic or an antibiotic that specifically treats gram-negative rod bacteria. My favorite medications to treat fin rot are and Tetracycline. If you are unable to find either of these medications, other options are Maracyn II (you can use it in combination with Maracyn if you want to cover all the bases) and Kanacyn. Simply follow the dosing directions on the medication, keeping in mind that since you are treating in a small container you will have to do full water changes and add new medication instead of doing the partial changes many medications specify. Severe cases of fin rot (fins just seemingly melting away and falling off in big pieces or when the rot is close to the body) should always be treated with an antibacterial fish medication like Sera Baktopur Direct or Tetracycline. Products like Melafix, Pimafix and Bettafix do not cure fin rot and may actually make it worse.