Tropical Fish – Fin Rot

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If your tank has poor water quality you fish could be at risk of fin rot. Here I've made a list of symptoms, treatment and prevention for fin rot.

Symptoms:
– fin edges turn white
– fins fray
– fins inflamed on the base
– entire fin may rot away

Treatment:
– correct root cause
– water change
– treat with antibiotics
– addition of aquarium salt

Prevention
– maintain good water quality
– keep proper water parameters
– feed fresh food in small amounts

Fin rot is one of the most common diseases in aquarium fish. Luckily, it's also the most preventable. It's also usually curable, but if left untreated, it could kill your fish and infect all others in the tank.

When infected, you'll notice your fish's fins turn white at the edges, and overtime will become red and inflamed. You'll also notice bloody patches as more of the fish's fin is eat away.

When treating fin rot, there are several antibiotics that are effective. However, the root problem must be addressed. If you're in the process of treating fin rot, you should include changing the tank's water and a careful examination of the aquarium conditions. Get rid of any food debris and make sure not to overfeed your fish. Start to date your food, since it loses the vitamin content pretty quickly. Check he pH and water temperature, and make sure it's right for your fish. Low water temperatures can trigger fin rot and an incorrect pH level can be very stressful.

Using aquarium salt will benefit your fish, but should be avoided for fish that are sensitive to salt.


Source by Emily Lybe