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How to Treat Fin Rot

No pet owner ever wants to have a sick pet…

In the fall of 2012, my roommate and I had a sick betta fish on our hands. We had went away for a vacation and returned to find our boy, Ianto, in a rough state. Although it was scary, we managed to bring our boy back to his usual self with patience and care.

Unfortunately, it can often be difficult to find good information about how to treat sick bettas, so I’m making it my mission to do what I can to help make it easier for other betta owners to diagnose and treat their fish. 

Because we were able to successfully treat our sick betta, here is handy information about fin rot and what you can do to hopefully make your pet healthy again as well:

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BETTA CARE GUIDE 101

I started becoming a fish hobbyist last month when I was hooked up with Taylor Nicole Dean’s animal themed Youtube channel especially when it comes to her 150 gallon saltwater aquarium (wish I have the luxury of space to be able to get one). Well anyway, her enthusiasm in taking care of her animal friends inspired me to start my own aquascape.

Since I am still quite a beginner, I searched on the best fishes for beginners and one of the results is the betta (be-ta, not bey-ta) or commonly known as the Siamese fighting fish which is I think one of the most sought after fish by most. In this post. I will share to you some tips on how to take good care of your fighting fish (if you have one) or if you’ll plan to get one soon, but please before doing so, read this first.

Betta is a tropical fish originally from the land of Siam or Thailand. This fish is known for its wide range of colors and tail patterns (that is further enhanced through breeding). Betta fish is considered as a hardy fish which means that they can survive in unfavorable condition to some extent. Originally, betta fishes are found in rice paddies. Betta’s lifespan can reach upto 2-4 years depending on their living environment.

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Tail Biting and Fin Rot

One of the things that people consistently ask me about is how to tell the difference between tail biting and fin rot. Unfortunately, it can be a bit tricky to tell the difference if it’s your first time dealing with the problem – and it can be tricky to tell even when you’re experienced, too!

Since we’ve experienced both cases with late bettas, here is a basic look at tail biting and fin rot:

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