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PostPosted: 2005.05.12(Thu)17:37    Post subject: Betta With Fungus Reply with quote

I have my betta in a one gallon container. The tank gets a 100% water change weekly. The other day, the bulb that usually keeps my betta's water warm burnt out, and since we couldn't pick up another one, I set my betta's tank on the window sill where the light could hit a bit of the tank, maybe warming the water. I also filled plastic water bottles up with hot water and placed them next to his tank when I got up in the morning, after school and before I went to sleep.

I began to notice a decline in his activity. He wasn't flaring like usual, and I noticed that yesterday. I just checked on him and he has a patch of fungus near his dorsal fin and a tiny patch by his head.

I have Maracyn on hand. Can I treat him with that? Also, can I have a little aquarium salt?

I also found a replacement bulb, but I know if you were to combat this, you'd need warmer water. My 10 gallon tank is heated... would placing my betta tank next to the tank help warm the other.

My usual betta forum is down, and I'd appriciate some help.
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PostPosted: 2005.05.12(Thu)18:01    Post subject: Reply with quote

I scooped my betta, did a 100% water change. Rinsed out the tank at least a dozen times with hot water, removed his decorations (all that's left there are his plastic marbles), added a half a table spoon of aquarium salt (should I add more?) then mixed up the Maracyn as recommended by the people at Healthybetta.com (Maracyn crushed and dissolved in 10 teaspoons of water... he gets a teaspoon a day).

Also, on the fungusy patch, it looks like his scales are missing. There is a bare patch and one is raised. He's swimming around, but his breathing in laboured... but his breathing as always been a tad bit laboured since I got him about three monthes ago.

Thank you.

With the new light, the water temperature shouldn't drop below 76, but may drop more during the night. Any suggestions?
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PostPosted: 2005.05.12(Thu)21:27    Post subject: Reply with quote

Salt does shrivel up many kinds of fungus, I would consider adding more, though don't take my word for it- wait for advice from someone with more experience, as I've never actually used salt for this purpose and don't know the appropriate dose.

Are you treating with Maracyn 1 or 2?

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PostPosted: 2005.05.13(Fri)4:30    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm treating with Maracyn I (but this weekend I'm going to pick up some Maracyn II as well) After further research, it isn't fungus, it's Columnaris. I noticed some stringy things on him as well. I'm surprised he survived the night.

I'll do a water change before I leave for school (around 30%) and add a bit more medication. Since this is a bacterial infection, am I correct in saying not to raise the temperature too much? It's at 76 now.

I've became sick last night and kept dreaming at he died. Urgh, I have a conference today instead of school, a first aid course tonight and bowling provinicals on the weekend, and my fish is ill and so am I!
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PostPosted: 2005.05.13(Fri)12:14    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nevermind, he passed away. He will be missed.
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PostPosted: 2005.05.14(Sat)0:13    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm sorry. It sounds like you did right by him. Sad

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