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11-13-2011, 12:58 AM #1
Doc. of Reapers Journey Through Fin Rot
I got a betta named Reaper from my store on October 23rd. Beautiful coloring, but so hard to see in that cup! When i got home and put him in the 10gal QT where he could stretch his fins, i realized he had fin rot. Instantly i started medication. Here is chronological pictures showing the path it took. If you have a betta with fin rot and you treat it, you might find that it wont always stop right away, but just keep with it. As shown:
Here is the "mild fin rot" he had when i got him. These pictures were taken on October 24th, the day after i started treatment. Not too bad, should heal up real fast...
Next time i snapped a picture was on October 28th. I used my cell phone, and it was dark, so all i got was a silhouette. But here you can see what the "minor fin rot" turned into. Even though i was using fin rot medication.
After that low point in his treatment, he started to finally rapidly progress in his healing. Here is only three days later taken with my camera with flash so we can actually see him. His tail actually got even smaller before starting the thin new growth you see, but his bottom fin did nothing but improve:
And here is Thursday. His tail is now growing out again, almost doubled from the last picture, and his bottom fin (by the way, what is that one called) has closed up a good amount more.
So dont get discouraged when the fins arent getting better, just keep medicating and keep the tank clean and eventually he will get better. I cant wait until Reaper here is fully healed! Hes going to be sooooo pretty! Im going to keep putting updated pictures of him here every week so i can keep track and see it all in one place and show any interested others the amazing turnaround too.
11-24-2011, 04:09 PM #2
Hes really starting to look pretty now! I think im good to stop the medication now. Here's the updated picture. I date stamped it now:
And just because i love it... Look at his eyes!!!! My friend is afraid of his red eyes. This is part of why his name is Reaper. Because of his evil red eyes of death! Sunny the frog wanted to be in this picture. Hes friends with Reaper, they dont mind eachother. Reaper is fluffing at the camera not the frog.
11-24-2011, 05:03 PM #3
11-28-2011, 02:16 AM #4
Thanks. :) Yup, that last pic was the final product of Reaper. Now my new betta, Phantom, either has wierd odd shaped fins, or he has it too. Sigh. Starting over with next betta. This ones not as bad. Only one messed up fin, and its more wrinkled where its messed up instead of shredded like Reapers were. Dont know if thats the same thing or what. He was living in an unfiltered, unheated 1gal tank that never got changed and they were over-feeding him so much that his floor of blue pebbles was fluffy and pink and ugh. Im surprised he was still alive. I didnt even bother to test the ammonia in that thing. It reeked too. Horrible smell.