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I've noticed that my delta tail (I bought him about a week and a half ago, imported from Singapore) seems to have developed a bit of fin rot and I have heard about the benefits of rooibos tea in treating this in bettas. However I know nothing about its safety with other fish species, and as my bettas are within my community tank, I would like to check this (I'm guessing pure rooibos tea wouldn't have any negative effects on them, but just want to be safe) before I use it to treat the betta. Will it be okay to add to my community setup or should I isolate the betta and treat him like that rather? I would prefer not to have to isolate, as I would have to move him to a hospital tank, which would mean temporarily moving out the two baby Ryukin goldfish (they aren't sick, just growing) in there and adding a heater for the betta.
I put some Rooibos into my community when I saw some of my girls with nipped tails (I think they're reordering the hierarchy lol) .. I have male bettas (in a divider), swords, 2 types of catfish and female betta in there and it hasn't done them any damage :) They all seem perfectly happy, if not happier lol, all of them seem veryyyy energetic lately
Thank you :) Okay, I'll try adding some then... I have:
gouramis (blue + pearl)
giant danio (only one left - the others got eaten/jumped out the tank)
Rooibos tea will be fine in your community tank. It can't do any harm. I often add a bag to my tanks and have never had any negative effects.
Thanks, Jenn :) I added some last night and they all seem to enjoy it. I had just done a tank clean when I added it, and had had to place the bettas in containers while I cleaned out their dividers. It was amazing to see how fast the delta's colour returned to normal once I added the tea. Added a fresh bag this morning.
That's great - glad to hear it worked. I add rooibos so often that I now think the tank looks odd when it's not brownish - LOL
My tanks always look brownish because I have driftwood in them :P
how many tea bags do u add per liter??
Luis - I normally add one bag per 30L. And I always use it when my fish needs a perk up. The tea is a really good booster of their immune systems.
im reading the desease threads, think one of my Angels has Fin Rot :(
Luis if you suspect you have fin rot, check your water since the main cause is poor water quality. The rooibos tea will help with the repairs but you need to find the underlying cause.
Have anybody experienced a PH spike after adding rooibos tea?
thanx Wyvren, my parameters are all normal but one of my Angels as clearly got some white stuff on one fin!! :(
johanbosman - yes you might get a ph swing. I have found it does happen - it is why i only use one bag per 30L. That way it doesnt swing as much.
Luis - that could be a fungus instead of finrot - finrot means the fins are deteriorating (looks like they are melting)
Will the rooibos tea help if the fish experiences stress from moving tanks?
wen i fed this Morning they looked a bit off, then i noticed the whiteish stuff on one fin and i could see the bones in the fins, usually they look healthy and clear, but not this morning, checked parameters and they are ok, so what should i do?
dunno, was thinking fin rot, whats white spot look like ?
like white spots? very small looks like very small white crumbs
dunno, was thinking fin rot, whats white spot look like ?
Like white spots :) Seriously, it looks a lot like salt on your fish, but it's quite difficult to see unless the fish has it quite bad.
Whitespot - looks like the fish is covered in salt.
Luis - I would suggest that you start a new thread and add as much details and photos of the fish involved. That way we can try and be more specific.
WillemNicolaas - I believe it wont hurt them. It definitely can only help.
thanx Wyvren, was late this morning so didnt take pics :(
dont have any crumbs or salt like spots, only a white fin where u can see the bone where as before it was transparente and some white ( fungus ?? ) on it
will check tonite wen i get home and if problem persists will take pics and start a new thread
thanx Guys, n wish me Luck!!
I would suggest that you start a new thread and add as much details and photos of the fish involved. That way we can try and be more specific. +1
Sorry for bumping this thread but after 6/7 of the new neon tetra die I really thought there was some wrong, either fish was stressed or my water was off. Tested water and everything is fine Trites/Trates/Ammon 0. Then I came accross this tread and added on rooibos teabag to the top of my hob filter, and boy, with in 30minutes it was like someone injected the fish with superjuice. Swimming to places and exploring which they have never done. The original 5 Neon and 3 Black Neon and now the sole survivor of the new batch really enjoyed this, thank you you TASA and this thread for making me sleep better at night. P.S. my butterfly pleco (i think its an albino butterfly) is also very happy.
squatty what is your water temperature. Neons prefer 22-23'C
@squatty (http://www.tropicalaquarium.co.za/member.php?u=3161) what is your water temperature. Neons prefer 22-23'C
25/26, i previously had it at 27/28 but read here on TASA that you can increase their life exp by dropping the temps. Thxs for the heads up.
Will drop 2 over the weekend. I removed the teabag, don't want to keep it in to long as I don't know what it will do, I tested my water params now and everything is still the same except for KH that dropped from 6->5. I planning on adding another 4 Neons and 3 Black tetra, so in total I will have 10 Neon and 6 black, 1 Unknown loveable pleco. Just waiting for my Congo Tetra to arrive then I will have my full stocking. In prep for the increase in bio load I added another 300L/hr Cascade filter.
I can't believe that a simple thing as "Tannie Stinnie" se Rooibos tea can have such an effect on the fish. My wife has called the tank the 1st wife...I'm almost at a stage where I will agree with her.
Correction 24/25, will drop it another notch 23/24
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