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A couple months ago my sister in law bought a betta, Galaxy, he was doing great always swimming, his fins were great, very active and would eat well. She noticed a white spot that we treated as ick, but I also noticed how horrible the back fin looks and his scales are losing color. Hes a lot less active, his fins are almost taped to his body, and he sits in one corner. (He is in a hospital tank hence it being so empty)his poop is also like pebble sized which I’ve never seen before, PLEASE HELP GALAXY!
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What are the water parameters like in his aquarium? Ammonia, Nitrite, nitrate? That's often the issue with bettas in my experience.
 

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Do you perform weekly water changes? Fin rot is usually caused by poor water quality which in turn causes betta (and any fish for that matter) to develop illness/infections/and parasites. Betta are warm water fish that require a heater, if the water is too cold they become lethargic and lose color/appetite. How often and what type of food do you feed? Cheap fish foods like tetra contain a lot of filler and without a varied diet fish dont get the proper nutrition and can become malnourished. If possible please let us know your water parameters like Ammonia, Ph, Nitrates, Nitrites, and alkalinity. If you've difficulty getting this information you can take a sample of your tank water to most pet stores and they'll perform a water test for you. Make sure to ask for numbers and write them down.
 

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Looks exactly like my betta comet who died of the same thing plus ich... Salt is a very good remedy for this. I did not know about it at the time.
 

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Is there a filter on the tank?
If yes, what brand/ sort?
How often and how do you clean the filter?

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Check the water for ammonia, nitrite, nitrate and pH

Do a 75% water change and gravel clean the bottom every day for 2 weeks.
Make sure any new water is free of chlorine/ chloramine before it's added to the tank.

Add some salt, (see directions below).

If there's no improvement after a week of daily water changes and salt, post some more pictures and maybe a 1 minute video of the fish. You can upload the video to YouTube, then copy & paste the link here.

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SALT
You can add rock salt (often sold as aquarium salt) or swimming pool salt to the aquarium at the dose rate of 1 heaped tablespoon per 20 litres of water. If there is no improvement after 48 hours you can double that dose rate so there is 2 heaped tablespoons of salt per 20 litres.

Keep the salt level like this for at least 2 weeks but no longer than 4 weeks otherwise kidney damage can occur. Kidney damage is more likely to occur in fish from soft water (tetras, Corydoras, angelfish, Bettas & gouramis, loaches) that are exposed to high levels of salt for an extended period of time, and is not an issue with livebearers, rainbowfish or other salt tolerant species.

The salt will not affect the beneficial filter bacteria, fish, plants, shrimp or snails.

After you use salt and the fish have recovered, you do a 10% water change each day for a week using only fresh water that has been dechlorinated. Then do a 20% water change each day for a week. Then you can do bigger water changes after that. This dilutes the salt out of the tank slowly so it doesn't harm the fish.

When you do water changes while using salt, you need to treat the new water with salt before adding it to the tank. This will keep the salt level stable in the tank and minimise stress on the fish.

When you first add salt, add the salt to a small bucket of tank water and dissolve the salt. Then slowly pour the salt water into the tank near the filter outlet. Add the salt over a couple of minutes.
 

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