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Barbgirl 11-27-2012 02:09 AM

Craigslist Betta
Good evenin everyone!

So I found this guy for free on craigslist. Pretty excited. First time owning a betta! I've owned tons of tanks and yet to have a betta so figured it was time. Plus didn't really want him going to anyone who will keep him in that teeny tank without a heater. Trust me it's cold up here >_>

I've done a bunch of reading, I known general care for these guys. But to get to the point I'm kinda worried about his fins. What's going on with them?

I haven't picked him up yet but would like to know what I getting into.

Thanks in advance!

Tanks he has been housed in but no longer!

SpecGrrl 11-27-2012 02:22 AM


Best info for betta keeping is over on, the stickies by OldFishLady and Sakura8.

OFL is a genius, and has decades of experience. She has Alice sticky in natural planted tanks, too!

wendyjo 11-27-2012 04:27 PM

Looks like a bit of fin rot - clean water should take care of it.

AquaPipes 11-27-2012 04:53 PM

Yup, that's fin rot. Melafix or Bettafix will help cure it, and despite the rumors, if dosed correctly Melafix/Bettafix will not harm their labyrinth organ.

Barbgirl 11-27-2012 05:46 PM

Thanks for the info!!

The betta site suggests 1tsp of aquarium salt per gallon and daily water changes for 10 days. That salt won't bother my moss right?

wendyjo 11-27-2012 08:12 PM

I'd just give good clean water a try first and see if that clears it up. It doesn't look too bad so I see no reason to add anything to the tank at this point. Once you get him home and set up do regular water changes and just keep an eye on it.

Barbgirl 11-28-2012 04:25 PM him today!!

And he's in a bit worse shape than I was expecting.

I am planning on doing daily almost 100% water changes for about 10 days just hopefully to stop the rot and begin healing.

I originally was planning to put him my 2.5 moss tank but I'm worried about if the salt will bother the moss.

So new plan is to keep him the half gallon he came with for the next 10 days and hopefully with daily wc and keeping him warm he'll turn around. Think he will be okay in the .5 gallon for short term?

secuono 11-28-2012 04:32 PM

Fins don't look that bad, maybe a little ammonia burn and a little tattered. But with just clean, warm water, he will heal fine.

So if you want to put him in the moss tank now, it's fine. He shouldn't need anything other than clean water.

How worse for ware is he in reality?

Hmoobthor 11-28-2012 04:50 PM

i like to use stress coat to heal the fin....has work for me when my betta fin got tear up...

that fin rot looks bad...try to use prime to help heal it if u don't have stress coat

mitchfish9 11-28-2012 08:50 PM

Wouldnt almost 100% water changes be a little stressful for him? How about 50% a day?

oscarsx 11-28-2012 08:55 PM


Originally Posted by mitchfish9 (Post 2092408)
Wouldnt almost 100% water changes be a little stressful for him? How about 50% a day?

The more water changes for a fish the better.

Clean water > any medication

- oz

ony 11-28-2012 09:31 PM


Originally Posted by oscarsx (Post 2092413)
The more water changes for a fish the better.

Clean water > any medication

- oz

I'm all for water changes and I think we reach for meds way too quickly but in a filtered tank anything more than 50% in a single change is a very bad idea.

Amandas tank 11-28-2012 09:46 PM

He's beautiful! You will love him once you nurse him back to health.

Barbgirl 11-28-2012 10:21 PM

Thanks Amanda!! nothing compared to that doberman of yours! I have always wanted a dobie.

For the water changes he will be in a non filtered half gallon for tens days so that's why the changes are so larger

Amandas tank 11-28-2012 10:30 PM

Thank you :) I can tell ya one thing...dobies are crazy hyper until they reach 4 or so. My guy is still a ball of energy and he's almost 5! Great dogs though.

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