I hope you don't mind that I'm contacting you. I was told you were the person to talk to about very young bettas. The baby betta bug has bitten me and I am currently trying to raise 4 tiny babies, 4 juveniles, and 5 adults. My littlest boy that I rescued about a week ago just today started showing the beginning signs of what could be SBD. This morning, he was up swimming around, eating normally and trying to get at his "sister" through the tank. By late this afternoon, he was laying on the bottom of the tank and having trouble swimming and even keeping his back end down. No pine cone yet. I did his daily 100% water change today and added some epsom salt mixture to his normal treated water. Epsom salt mixture was 1 teaspoon to 1 gallon. At this early in life, I'm assuming that's about all I can do, right? Any advice/tips would be SO welcome & appreciated. I really want this little guy to pull through.
Thanks for all the feedback you've given with my problem. Don't know who's more stressed me or the fish, but now I have hope the problem can be beat and we will both survive the ordeal. They may end up with great homes, but doubt mine will NOT get much better :).
Your welcome....Microsword are a rosette plant and once they start to grow well and reproduce-spread they will help to keep the soil layer safe.....it can take about 3 months more or less for the soil to start its life under water...just watch for signs of it going bad.....other than the rotten egg smell you can have poor plant growth, stems/roots that rot and/or start to turn black, on the edges you can sometimes see the soil turning black-while this can be due to lack of oxygen it isn't always bad unless you have the rotten egg smell too.....
Ah, okay, makes sense ^.^ I've been poking and semi-stirring occasionally (wasn't sure about the stirring, but wasn't sure about the poking, either) and luckily I haven't been getting that rotten egg smell just yet- I was just worried, though.. Oh, and I'm sure this is kind of a silly question, but... microsword isn't a stem plant, is it? I wouldn't imagine it is, but I'm a noob so yeah >.>; but anyway, should I still poke at the substrate once the microsword takes over as a carpet? I'm not sure how deep the roots will go, they've got about 2-3 inches of substrate, so I'm assuming once they've matured and the substrate is at the recommended depth I won't have to worry about it, really(?) Thanks for the help, OFL. You're my NPT guru!! ^.^
Soil based tanks can go anaerobic and this is one of the reason for a lot of stem plants-their roots will bring oxygen into the soil to prevent this but they need time.... so the trumpet snails are generally used to do this for you and if you don't have them you can poke the soil a couple of times a week with a chopstick or something until the roots of the plants get going...I wouldn't recommend stirring the soil...just poke it.....you know your soil went anaerobic by a rotten eggs smell....
Hey, OFL ^.^ If you don't remember me, I posted a forum about whether or not to keep my filter in my 5g NPT. Anyway, I was wondering about toxic gas being built up in my substrate. I thought that the roots from my plants (the wisteria and microsword) would help prevent that from happening, but I just came across another forum that was talking about having a 5g NPT and they were wanting trumpet snails and talking about how it would keep gases from building up under the substrate... so, um... should I be stirring my substrate more often and still do it even when the microsword carpets the ground and the roots grow in? I'm so confused >.<
alright sent a message to check which I'm looking for for tannin.... also update on my boy, I have confirmed fin regrowth beginnings, thank God... he also surprised me this evening with a little shimmer in his fins that I haven't seen in..... ever actually... so I'm very hopeful... ^-^