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Fin Rot Disease Really Taking The Life Out Of My Lion Head

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Hi today I took my Lion Head back to the Pet Store, the man said it was fin rot and I have now got the appropriate medicine. All I need to know now is what type of food should I feed to my Lion Head while its is underoging treatment- flakes as usual or the live bloodworms I bought from Local fish shop?

I am using this treatment shown on this website:


Thanks, please reply.


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Hi there.

Before using this product can you test your water and post up the results?

In fact - fill out this and answer by the side of each Q

Ammonia Level?

Nitrite Level?

Nitrate level?

Ph Level, (If possible,KH and GH)?

Ph Level (KH/GH) out of the Tap?

Brand of test-kit used? (strips or drops?)

[*]Tank size (How many Gals) and How long has it been running?

[*]What is the name and size of the filter/s?

[*]How often do you change the water and how much?

[*]What kind of water additives or conditioners?

[*]How many fish in the tank and their size?

[*]Any medications added to the tank?

[*]Add any new fish to the tank?

[*]What do you feed your fish?

[*]Any unusual findings on the fish such as

"grains of salt",

bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus?

[*]Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating,ect..?

My guess is that you may have a problem with the water quality. I'm wondering if the tank is new and uncycled.

The meds you have bought are potentially dangerous depending on your PH and other readings; they contain formaldehyde, malachite green and acriflavine which rob the water of oxygen and can become very toxic in conjunction with a higher PH, higher temps and any ammonia. The best treatment for finrot is salt; it is non-toxic and gentle on the fish.

Finrot is often due to escalated levels of organics in the tank or stressors like chasing and nipping so doing a very large temp and PH matched water-change is a good start.

Post back with all your stats and we can help you decide on the next best step.

PS As far as feeding goes - try plenty of Vit C to raise immunity; peas, courgette, kiwi etc. Bloodworms a couple of times a week would be a good treat.

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Chris you have posted 4 threads in the last day or so about your fish and have still given us no clues as to set up and water in any of them . You won't get good help without this information (in red above) I am afraid. The diagnosis forums are like the doctors - you need to fill out the form to get help.

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