Hello again, i kno what your thinking...i come on the forums every yr...but its been tough...i moved and pretty much all my bettas i had had past away:(...i cant take the pain anymore of buying a betta n it passing away..i really cant do it anymore....its sad:(.i luv bettas...btw how are yur bettas doing n hope your fish fam n fam are doing great...talk to u soon!!!
So sorry to get back to you so late! I've been offline for quite some time now.
Which post about the bloated fish? If you mean the big blue one, yes, he survived that. My advice is Epsom salts- its quite the cure-all!
If you mean the post about the fish with Dropsy, then no. Sadly, there is no real cure for him, as he was too far gone. But, he did live another few months in my care. Unfortunately, one of my old fish has dropsy as well. His days are numbered too.
My advice about dropsy... well, if you catch it early enough, I recommend Maracyn plus or some other strong antibiotic to help treat the underlying cause. I'd also double the antibiotic with Epsom salt- simply because it helps with the swelling of the belly. If its too far gone, just use the Epsom salt and keep the tank warm. (S)He should be nice and comfy for his/her passing.
Hope that helped a little and I hope I'm not too late if you're having any fish issues! :(
Thank you for the link, it's good to know what bleach I can use. I'd also heard vinegar can be good, because if something doesn't get rinsed correctly it is less harmful potentially than the bleach. Also, I would probably transfer the ornaments from the old tank to the new tank while they are wet so it would help set the cycle off, since my fish isn't sick and they don't need to be disinfected currently. Thank you for the advice!
I know I can't cycle in a small tank, which is why I was thinking of a 5 gallon. I currently do 100% every 3 days in my 1.5 gallon, but at school I'm not sure I'll be able to do the whole process that regularly. And since I'll have to have him on a higher shelf, doing a 2 or 3 gallon is going to be difficult, because I would do 100% water changes but that would be heavier and more difficult to lift and maneuver. If I had a 5 gallon, after the tank is cycled I could start doing 25% water changes or 50% water changes along with siphoning, and live plants will help. Though I still haven't made up my mind on size because I haven't seen the dorm I'll have this year.
I think I'll buy them from a petsmart where they have the plants outside of the water. I would be interested in your link though! The only problem with a three gallon is that I might have to have him on a higher desk shelf in my dorm, and it'll be really difficult to take the tank on and off of that shelf. Won't the plants help the cycle? I thought you just needed to do 25% water changes once a week on a 5 gallon. Hmm...
Sorry I never replied! My fish is doing really well, so I haven't been on the forum much. I've been using the same water conditioner since I got this fish, and he seems to be doing well with it. He's in a 1.5 gallon tank, and I do 100% water changes every 3 to 4 days. I'm planning on getting him either a 3 or a 5 gallon tank (depends on what fits in my dorm room), and some live plants.