My plan of attack pls check it out and give your opion
ok I have a completed situation. I have 6 adult guppy with 30 fry of so at different stages of life, All have gold dusk really bad and the adults have some other issues going on as well. I also found a beautifully elephant ear Betta a petco with gold dusk pop eye and some more bad things going on as well so I had to to try to rescue and pet-co was really cool they where sory about the sick fish and gave 50% off….. I adding him to the guppy tank since they are all sick any way, which been treated with melafix/pimafix/ and kordon ick attack. for the past 4-5 days.(betta looked better in less than 24 hours)…. they are in a 10gal right know and where to be moved to a 55 but they are sick.
so here we go
I plan to take all fish at once put a 5 gal. bucket for a Epsom salt bath (can I add pimafix & melafix to that or just stay Epson?) for 20-30min (should I add a air stones as well).... then when time is up temporally move all the fish to a 100% disease free 5gal. heavily planted tank so they can distress.
I will then empty the 10gal. 100 % add new all ready cleaned sand while keeping the filter for the tank intake not to kill the bio filter action in there...Then 50% new water in the 10Gal. with all the proper water treatments‘, and melafix/pimafix/kordon brand ich attack(which works for the gold dust), And can you guess next, move all fish and water from the 5 gal heavily planted/established tank to the 10gal that is all ready fully treated and should be 100% disease free, and then continue the normal treatment with the meds.
and with the 5gal planting tank empty I will put all those plants in the 55 so I hope in3 weeks or so the fish are cured the Betta has his own 10 gal.
and the guppies are big pimpping in the 55g
so what do you think?
Hi smiller, I'm sorry it's taken a while to reply to this. What is the status of your fish right now?
I'm not an expert but it seems to me you are exposing the fish to a lot of 100 % water changes. Also if you don't clean your filter totally but you will kill the bacteria the illness will still be in the filter. I'd also be concerned with the chemicals killing your plants.
I dealt with a columnaris early on in my guppy raising days and I found the best thing to kill illness in my tank was a UV filter. You can get them at Petsmart or Petco.
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every tank I used was cycled and the only big water change was in the sick tank , & they are all doing well and are in the 55 gal now, I have the Betta separated now in its own tank and still watching him , the Popeye swelling has not gone down all the way yet... once he is healthy then its breeding time.
And QUESTION: Do UV Filters kill ick/gold dust and other bad things in the water?. that is the first I have herd of using a uv filter to treat disease
I don't know what all the UV filter kills but somebody recommended it to me when I had columnaris outbreak in my tank. And I haven't had an outbreak since even though I didn't throw out the gravel or totally empty the tank after it. It also keeps my tank a lot clearer.
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UV filters will only take care of bacteria, not parasites. The parasites will always be present in your tank but as long as your fish are not stressed and remain healthy, they will not cause a problem.
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