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    Default Fin rot on 1 year old Betta. Please help.

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    My 1 year old Betta has suddenly developed fin rot. His home is a 15 gallon cube type aquarium. Water parameters are spot on and I do a 30% water change weekly. I haven't changed his diet or anything. I have treated his tank with Melafix for the last 9 days. He does not appear to be getting any better. He can make it to the top of the tank for a few seconds to get a pellet or two then he seems to be exhausted and goes back to the bottom and just lies there. Is there something that I can do to help him? He seems to have an appetite and everything else seems fine about him other than the fact that he has lost so much of his fins.
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    Have you recently changed anything at all with the tank? Cleaned the filter? What temperature is the tank at?

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    Does he have any tankmates?

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    Nothing has changed. No tank mates, he has the entire 15 gallons to himself. I keep him at 80 degrees.

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    I would try doing twice weekly water changes and see if that makes any difference.

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    + to dramaqueen but I'd do daily changes of at least 50% for several days. Clean water is the best cure for fin rot
    You said your water parameters are spot on but what, exactly does your ammonia, nitrite and nitrate read? Ph also could be helpful.

    Also - the melafix might be causing more problems than helping. Do you notice any oil slick on the top of the water? If so, this will be problematic for a betta. Bettas are labyrinthine fish and they need to surface regularly to breathe air. if there is an oil slick on top of the water due to the melafix, it could damage his gills by gumming them up. in any event, since it's not helping, I'd DQ it and go with the daily large water changes.
    Good luck. I hope he pulls out of it.
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    Melafix helps heal fins, but its active ingredient, melaleuca, doesn't actually kill the bacteria or fungus that is causing the fin rot. And like fishmommie said, it can be harmful to anabantoids. Instead I would add some aquarium salt to the tank, which helps kill the bacteria. Use the treatment for one week and then do a big water change (60-100%). If you want you can also do water changes before the week is up, just remember to add more salt. And trust me, a 100% water change shouldn't bother your fish. I used this method to cure my first betta.
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    I have no advice, I'm afraid. But best of luck. I'm sure he'll pull through.

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    I've used bettafix before, which is a watered down version of Melafix. When I used Melafix my betta acted like he wad dying. I had no problem with bettafix.

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