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Christie, please help!
My younger sister’s Veil Tail male betta, Blueberry, is in trouble, and I don’t know what to do. We went on a thanksgiving vacation in November, and had our housekeeper feed our bettas. (I also have a Plakat male who is doing fine.) When we got back, I found that the water temperature was below 60 degrees, cloudy, and Blueberry had cotton wool disease. I immediately did a full water change for both fish, and my Plakat went completely back to normal. Blueberry, however, was still lethargic and pale. We treated him with Melafix (I understand there are risks, but we were desperate and we don’t have any good fish stores nearby.) His cotton wool began to go away, but very slowly. Next, we tried Pimafix, and it worked within two days. We did a full water change, and Blueberry was fine. Recently, his cotton wool came back, and he also developed fin rot. I put him in a hospital tank, and began treating him with both Melafix and Pimafix. I am watching him carefully, removing feces, uneaten food, and any rotten fins that fall off of his body. His cotton wool is better, but now his tail fins are blackened and his ventrals have turned into long, thin, practically invisible stringy things. Please help!
Mar 8, 2017 - Luckily, most Betta fish can regrow their tail and fins if fin rot is treated in time
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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. I Am Worried My Crown Tail Betta Fish Has Fin Rot! | My Aquarium Club
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If prevention of fin and tail rot has failed you, you hadn’t yet learned how to prevent it, or you just managed to buy a fish already suffering from fin rot, don’t worry. Fin rot treatment is easy and medications are readily available from local fish stores and online vendors. In most cases treatment for fish fin rot is as easy as dropping some tablets or drops in the water. In my experience, the most effective fin rot medications come from Mardel. Mardel makes a variety of very effective fin and tail rot medications such as Maracyn, Maracyn-Two, Maracyn Plus Antibacteria and Tetracycline. I have found that doing a partial water change before adding the medication yields faster and better results. This is especially true if you are dealing with betta fin rot or gold fish fin rot. Betta and goldfish fin rot can also be combated by raising the temperature a few degrees along with the fin rot medication. Cooler water can sometimes provide better conditions for the fin rot bacterium. I recommend keeping fin and tail rot treatment on hand at all times. In my experience, it seems that problems in the fish tank are usually noticed after normal business hours or on weekends when getting the right meds can be hard. Knowing how to identify and properly cure fin rot is important to all hobbyists. Make certain to read and closely follow the directions for any fin rot medicine.Name: Fin Rot / Fin Melt / Tail Rot
Scientific Name: Pseudomonas fluorescens if caused by bacteria
Cause: Poor water quality or stress leading to a weakened immune system
Visual Betta Fin Rot Symptoms: Deteriorating tail and fin tips with black or red edges.
Behavioral Betta Fin Rot Symptoms: No abnormal behavioral symptoms accompany fin rot or tail rot.
Treatment: Depends on severity. Water change, Filter Change, Tropical Tank Temperatures, Antibiotics
Contagious?: Not usually contagious unless other fish have a weakened immune system.
Outlook: A full and healthy recovery is normal with fins growing back.Fin rot is a bacterial infection that is believed to be the most common betta fish infection that seems to mostly affect long-tail varieties. It mostly occurs in weakened fish that have experienced physical injury, been attacked by parasites, or live in poor water conditions. If left untreated, the infection (as well as secondary infections) can ultimately claim its life.
3. Use an antibiotic treatment.

If upping the water changes does not work, you’ll have to move onto something much heavier: antibiotic treatments, such as API T.C. Tetracycline, API Triple Sulfa, API Furan-2 or Seachem KanaPlex. However, any fish medication that attacks gram-negative organisms should work.

When our betta (featured above) had fin rot, we used API T.C. Tetracycline (which turns the water a very vibrant shade of yellow) with success. However, it is important that you only use antibiotic treatments as a last resort. Such treatments should additionally only be used a very small number of times because excessive use can weaken the immune system further or build resistance. This is why it’s so important to recognize when your fish may be tail biting instead of infected with fin rot. Fins that have been torn by decorations or filters may also trick owners into thinking they’re dealing with fin rot. Again, as long as you keep the water pristine, torn fins from tail biting or otherwise may not become infected.

When using medications in the aquarium, be sure to remove the active carbon since it can filter out the medicine.