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  1. DragonFish
    11-16-2012 11:00 PM - permalink
    DragonFish
    I'm afraid I have never used Lifeguard myself and I have heard very little about it, so I can't offer much advice based on any personal experience there.....but lets first figure out whats going on with little Merlin. In the meantime, I'll do a little research on the medication itself.

    If there is something wrong with Merlin, it would be a good idea to separate him into a bare bottom heated QT for treatment. Generally something on the smaller side, like 1-2 gallons, is a little easier to treat/maintain, if you have something around that size.
    If there is something wrong, and you do separate Merlin for treatment, just keep a very close eye on Peach.
  2. DragonFish
    11-16-2012 10:57 PM - permalink
    DragonFish
    Hey there Saphira. :)
    First of all, its always best not to jump right into medicating, especially with harsher commercial medications, unless you are at least nearly 100% positive about what you're treating. Often times a lot of the more common diseases can actually be treated successfully with clean, warm, fresh water and Aquarium or Epsom salts.

    Now, how do these white spots look? Are they raised? Fluffy/Cottony? About how large are they? Any chance you can snap a picture?
    If Merlin has Ich, he is going to have several small raised white spots all over his body. It will almost look as if someone took a salt shaker to your fish and sprinkled him with salt. Its a very distinct look, hard to mistake for something else, and its generally more then just one or two spots...so I assume he probably doesn't have Ich.
  3. DragonFish
    11-15-2012 11:41 PM - permalink
    DragonFish
    Sure thing!
    Haha, you must have an awesome thrift store then! I never see any tanks at mine! Granted my parents would probably kill me if I started coming home with more bigger tanks....I can get away with sneaking in a few smaller ones, but definitely not a 20 gallon!
  4. dramaqueen
    11-15-2012 11:21 PM - permalink
    dramaqueen
    Good. You're welcome. :)
  5. DragonFish
    11-15-2012 10:25 PM - permalink
    DragonFish
    Oh wow.....I'm TOTALLY jealous! xD Thats a lot of tanks!!
    And that should be fine for the Sorority. :)
  6. dramaqueen
    11-15-2012 10:19 PM - permalink
    dramaqueen
    At the top of each page on the left hand side it says user cp. Click on that and it takes you to your control panel where you can add a signature or post an avatar. I hope this helps.
  7. DragonFish
    11-15-2012 11:01 AM - permalink
    DragonFish
    Hmm....are you positive its a tall? What are the dimensions? When you look it up, your standard 20 gallon is often labeled as 'high' which makes it a little confused, but if the dimensions are 24"L x 13"W x 16"H you should be fine. By 'Tall' I mean more like an 'Extra Tall', which is more like 20"L x 10"W x 24"H....which is still doable, but not exactly ideal for betta who do best in shallower, longer tanks. Sorry, should have been a little more specific there...

    Anyway, if you'd still like to look for a 20 long, you can check around local thrift stores and Craigslist to see if anyone has a second hand one for cheap. I'm not sure if its still going on, but Petco often has a $1 per gallon sale, so a plain empty 20 long would just be $20 though you'd have to get everything else for it separately. Generally getting the kits, the ones that come with a hood and a filter and such, tend to be a tad cheaper but I'm not sure if they have one for a 20 long....
  8. Kytkattin
    11-15-2012 01:10 AM - permalink
    Kytkattin
    Hmm... Idk, 1 inch is pretty darn big! Most of the snails mine eat are super tiny, no bigger than 1/2 inch at most. Plus collecting food from the wild, while nutritious, does pose some risks. There are a lot of parasites that your fish can get from eating these things. The frozen bloodworms or brine shrimp are probably a better option for now. Or the wingless fruit flies.
  9. DragonFish
    11-14-2012 11:44 PM - permalink
    DragonFish
    Haha, always happy to help, you're very welcome! I hope little Merlin perks up after the changes. :)
  10. DragonFish
    11-14-2012 11:38 PM - permalink
    DragonFish
    Sure thing! Glad to be of help. ;)
    Ahh, thats still 10 more gallons! Generally so long as its not a 20 tall, you're good.
    Assuming you're moving the Pleco in there with them, you could probably do about 6-7 females in a 20 gallon. :)

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    Former betta keeper and forumgoer with a rekindled interest in the fishkeeping hobby. :)
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  • Hello! I'm a former fishkeeper and bettafish.com-er with a rekindled interest in the betta hobby. I don't have any bettas currently, but I'm brushing up on my fishkeeping knowledge with the intention of eventually bringing home another finned friend. ^_^

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