Hi there OFL!! I'm trying to help a new forum member with treating a betta with missing scales, which would normally just be AQ salt with clean water, but now the missing scale patches are turning fuzzy. I can't tell if it's just extra slime coat or if there is something going wrong. I would really appreciate it if you could take a look and give your opinion on it, the thread is called "Finnigan!!! He's not eating! </3" (he is eating now, which is good) and it's in the Emergencies and Diseases section. Thank you so much for your time, I don't want to give this person bad advice since I'm not 100% sure on what's going on with the fuzz!! D=
That depends...but personally, I don't think its a good idea, usually baffling the overflow or cram the filter box with polly-fill- is enough and if it isn't....then switch to a sponge filter...much better for long fin Bettas anyway.....
Hi OFL. Im marshall, newbie on this thread. I have a sick betta and really need your advise on how to let my betta regain his liveliness.
Could u take a look at my thread(Betta can't swim) and advise me on how i should handle this persistent virus? Thanks in advance!
What I mean by that....in the experiments I conducted-ammonia levels didn't rise as fast in the smaller unfiltered, unplanted tanks...it varied some based on diet-more due to quality of food than amount fed...no need to change more water then is needed-more due to antibody development and stress
Even though ammonia levels don't rise or you don't detect it on the water test...you still have DOC's that are harmful as well and water changes are needed for that and why I recommend at least 2 water changes in 1g-4g tanks..live plants can make a difference too-as long as they are actively growing, enough of them and the right species...not all plants do the same thing in regard to filtering the water
I noticed a post by you stating "bettas don't produce ammonia like you think they do".
Okay, this intrigues me. My two bettas are in 2.5 gallons, my male has anacharis and java moss, my baby female no live plants. On accident I left them for 2 weeks without a water change, and they were both happy and fine. This past week I haven't done one, either, and the ammonia levels still aren't affecting them.
Are these the results you were concluding as well? After seeing how little affected they are I am considering dropping down to (2) 50% a week and a 100% every 2 weeks. (They eat all their food, and I siphon up all their waste during partial water changes.)