So yesterday I noticed there was a small chunk missing from my betta's halfmoon tail, with bloody edges. Immediately did my research, diagnosed it as fin rot, and did a water change. I will continue to do water changes daily, two if I can fit them in (I assume with time between both changes)
I learned fin rot can be pretty fast and today he has another small chunk missing with red edges. It looks like a moderate case, since his tail fin looks shorter than it usually is.
I read that water changes can often help stop fin rot in its tracks, which I will do daily, but I am worried as to when I should do a salt bath. I read that you should do it at least two consecutive days in a row (could not confirm with multiple sources of research) and tomorrow is a work day (long hours, not enough time to be home).
I read how you do a salt dip, how do you do a salt bath? Is it just less than 5-8 minutes? I hear a bath is less risky than a dip.
A lower dose and prolonged exposure to salt in the tank is a salt bath. You add 1 tsp aquarium/non-iodized salt per gallon in dissolved water into the tank.
How many days consecutive do you do a salt bath?
24 hours to 10 days, depending on why the salt bath is needed.
Should I do it today/now or wait a few days?
If the fins are rotting quickly, sooner is better.
How many water changes a day? Can I do a 50% water change daily or do I need to do two 25% water changes spread out?
Daily is fine, 25% minimum, 50% is preferred. Add back salt for the amount taken out each time.
Once 10 days have passed, how often should the water change and salt baths be?
He has had some faint red streaks in all his fins for months but I figured it was just his coloring coming in. Now I'm wondering if it's been a sign of stress all along.
His tail before:
His tail now: