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post #11 of 21 Old 01-24-2010, 07:56 PM Thread Starter
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I started medicating him yesterday in hopes to try to save him. He was just about on this death bed. I medicated yesterday morning and again this morning. By early afternoon I noticed a big change in him. He was swimming more and had his fins nice and open. I was gona for about 5 hours this afternoon and when I came back he had made a HUGE bubble nest in the corner! I was soooo excited! I thought maybe it was the mediciation making bubbles from the flow of the filter, but I've been watching him for the last hour building his nest.....YAY!!! I'm going to medicate for a couple more days to be sure whatever was wrong is gone, but he's surely feeling and looking much better than yesterday!
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post #12 of 21 Old 01-24-2010, 08:27 PM
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There you are, well done Lisa. B.

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Thank you. I'm so happy! I don't really like medicating my tanks, but I figured for a few bucks it was worth trying to save him. Just some heat wasn't going to do it with the point he was at. It was so sad and my fiance kept saying "I hope he'll make it. He's a beautiful fish", which made me feel really bad (not his intention!). Looks like it worked. He's still making his nest 45 minutes later.
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post #14 of 21 Old 01-28-2010, 09:24 PM
I LOVE happy endings!

On the plant prep note, I do dip them in clean treated tank-temp water before putting them in. Just as a precaution. And peace of mind.

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He is alive and well and happy as can be! I never knew bettas we so active!

Stephanie, I did rinse mine off very well. It wasn't the plants afterall. Just poor fish care at the LFS. Go figure.
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It just so happens that yesterday afternoon I read Rhonda Wilson's column this month (February issue) in TFH on The Planted Tank that goes into how to bring plants home and introduce them to the aquarium. On the question of rinsing/washing, she states that she never bothers to dip them in anything, there is (in her view) no point. First, some of these concoctions can actually harm if not kill the plant, either outright or if the plant is exposed to the substance longer than a few seconds or minutes. Second, anything strong enough to kill whatever you're attempting to kill will likely kill the plant. Third, algae and snails cannot successfully be removed from the plant by such methods. Last, she like snails in the aquarium anyway and doesn't see why one should not have them for the health of the system. B.

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post #17 of 21 Old 01-29-2010, 01:47 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you for the information, Byron. All I did is simply rinse mine with tap water and put them in the tank. I did this simply to rinse off any residue they may have had on them from the tank they were in at the LFS. One came potted, so I had to get the cotton stuff off of it. I'm glad to hear it wasn't me that jeopardized the health of my fish, it was just a poor living situation at the LFS for him. Thak goodness he's madea full recovery and can now live a happy healthy life with all his new plants
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post #18 of 21 Old 01-29-2010, 04:33 PM
After my hydra outbreak which I believe may have migrated in on my plants, I was thinking along the same lines as Byron's last comment...that anything strong enough to kill bacteria, etc, may be detrimental to the plants. Plus it's hard to know what you'd be treating the plants for ahead of time. (Who'd'ave thought, hydra???)

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What is hydra?
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post #20 of 21 Old 01-29-2010, 06:02 PM
some freaky-deaky little thing that looks like a stick-figure hand with long tenacles...it's white and tiny but grows and can eat small things like fish fry. I think there are several reasons it became a problem--overfeeding. Even if it had migrated in on a plant, it needed a food supply to stay alive. Anyway, I'm going to medicate my tank to get rid of it because it bothers me...if you want to see pictures and videos, look on youtube and there's a lot of stuff. One is a hydra killing and eating a daphnia under a microscope lense.

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