What do you do if your fish’s fins and tail are looking ragged or discolored? It may be a bacterial disease called fin rot. This illness is simple enough to treat but can lead to other serious complications if left unchecked, so follow our five easy steps for curing fin rot.
Fin rot is commonly found in aquarium fish such as betta fish and goldfish. The symptoms can vary based on how long the fish has been affected:
You may also notice your fish seems listless or doesn’t feel like eating anymore, since its body is working hard to fight the infection.
If your fish naturally has uneven fin edges, you may have difficulty spotting fin rot.
Fin rot can be caused by dirty water, nipping from other fish, or other stress factors.
The medication may take several days to beat the infection, but some clear signs of recovery include:
In the meanwhile, you can do several things to prevent fin rot from coming back. Dirty water is a common cause for bacterial infection, so schedule a regular time for cleaning the aquarium and put a weekly reminder in your phone so you won’t forget. Other ways you can keep the water cleaner include not putting too many fish in one aquarium, not overfeeding them, and adding live plants to help absorb some of the fish waste.
As mentioned before, continue to reduce any stress factors in the aquarium by maintaining the proper temperature with a heater, slowing the water current if needed, and removing any aggressive tankmates. Finally, keep a close eye on your fish. It’s easy to miss symptoms if no one’s paying attention to the aquarium, so we recommend examining your fish once a day when you feed them.
Take heart! With proper treatment and prevention, fin rot is an easy sickness to beat, and most healthy fish have no problems making a full recovery. For more information on other helpful medications to keep on hand, check out the following video:
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