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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

What Is Fin Rot?

Fin rot is a highly contagious bacterial infection that can cause deterioration of the fins and tail. The fins will have a chewed up appearance. The fins may also appear red and inflamed. In some cases the fins may almost be non-existant.

Causes:
- Bad water conditions. Bad water conditions can cause an array of problems including fin rot. Water parameters should be checked on a regular basis in order to avoid disease.

- fin injuries: either from another fish attacking it or damage from unsafe aquarium decorations. If you need help making your aquarium safe, please check out this link: The Dangers of Aquarium Decorations

Treatment:
- Water changes. Keeping the aquarium clean will help get rid of the bacterial infection.


- Aquarium Salt. You can use 1 tablespoon per 5 gallons
Please note: Do not use aquarium salt with scaleless fish present in the aquarium The salt can harm scaleless fish.

- Your fish may also need some antibotics, such as Fish Cycline, to treat the fin rot.



Resources:
Resource 1

Aquariums for Dummies by Maddy Hargrove and Mic Hargrove

Photos:
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