Fungus/Fin Rot On Our Boy!
Yesterday noticed, what appears to be, fin rot/fungus on Stormy's tail fin. The fin is somewhat frayed with some white tips. Quickly done a 25% W/C and vacuumed some of the gravel. Did see some gravel debris in the water that was taken out. Added 3 eyedropper drops of Prime before putting freshwater into tank. When wife got home, we noticed some white color on his face. Went to Wal Mart and bought Jungle Lifeguard All In One Treatment for ick and fungus. Also bought aquarium salt, but didn't use it. Started the Treatment thing........one tablet per day x 5 days, wait another 24 hrs and then do a 25% W/C. As per directions, also took out the carbon cartridge. Will put in new one after treatment.
Also last night, seen the large ghost shrimp go after Stormy again after I gave him a pellet. Wife and I both said "that's enough!" Took that shrimp OUT!! Stormy looks more relaxed now.
Our boy, Stormy, hasn't lost his appetite! He sucked up 4 Omega One Buffet pellets this morning. I slowed the water current down so he can get the pellets better, but one got by him. He turned and grabbed it in the middle of the tank. I watched him eat each one. Still having an appetite is a good thing!
Also noticed this morning that the white spots on both sides of his face are gone, but will continue thru the entire ick/fungus treatment. So far this Jungle Lifeguard stuff is doing its job!
Last night, did notice that the last artificial plant in the tank had black spots on some of the leaves. Was told that was due to nitrates, even though our nitrate number is a low 20. So, took it out and will replace w/ a live plant. Then we will have ALL live plants in the tank.
Don't be surprised if the dots start coming up on the glass and gravel even the live plants. It's just algae and it will go away. You won't be avoiding it forever. A lot of bettas have a fin-nipping issue so don't be too surprised if the frays stay. Sounds like he's doing better though keep us updated!
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Just read online that aquarium salt definitely should NOT be used if the tank has live plants in it. So, will take the salt back to Wal Mart tonight. The Jungle Lifeguard All-In-One looks like it is working anyway. No more white tips on his tail fin or on his face! Got three more doses to give, then wait 24 hours and do 25% w/c, Prime and new carbon cartridge filter. Now we know why this Jungle Lifeguard stuff was so highly recommended by online reviews.
Be careful replacing your filter cartridge. Does your filter also have a plastic sponge in it?
Our filter system is the carbon cartridge w/Bio-Wheel type. Most, if not all, of our beneficial bacteria is on the Bio-Wheel. We were told, when we bought this aquarium (Marineland Eclipse 5, 5 gallon hexagon) not to replace the Bio-Wheel until it gets really, really bad looking........which wouldn't happen for a long time. With the cartridge, instructions say to change every two weeks to a month, but, as advised by a member here, when doing a W/C, clean it in the old water that was taken out of the tank and put it back in. I have done that. But, since this treatment we are doing was for a bad "fungus" thing, when I do the 25% W/C on Tuesday, will put in a new cartridge then.
This is our last day to drop a "treatment" tablet into the tank. So far, things look good. This morning, my wife told me she could see some specs of crud floating around in the tank. I told her that was because, per directions on the "treatment" box, the carbon cartridge filter was taken out during the treatment. However, our Bio-Wheel is still running (spinning).
On Tuesday, will do a 25% W/C, add Prime, add new carbon cartridge and a new live plant. So, all of our plants will be live ones.
Okay. And yes, you shouldn't change the cartridge after this until it literally starts decomposing. It actually holds a lot of BB, too. Is Stormy doing okay?
He's doing fine and swimming around nicely.........not like last Wednesday night when he was pretty much staying on the bottom of the tank in one spot. We don't see any white on him anymore. And, his appetite? He's eating fine! Not spitting out anything.
Sure glad we nab this fungus/fin rot thing in the butt when we did!
Well, back at it again..........fungus/fin rot!
Noticed some definite white in his blue Dorsal fin and it looks sort of twisted. We are going to do the entire Jungle Lifeguard treatment to him and the aquarium again (started last night). He ate one pellet this morning, but pretty much stays floating at the surface in the back of the tank. Obviously we can see some debris floating around in the tank due to no carbon cartridge filter in the tank right now.........during treatment. This treatment worked perfect last time, but I'm not sure about this time. Will just have to "wait and see".
Heck, we've only had him since Feb 16th of this year and already have had to bouts with fungus/tail rot. Wonder what gives there?
But, then again, we are Beginners since this is our first aquarium/fish.
Well, he is still eating! He ate 2 pellets an hour ago. I can see the white fungal fin rot on his dorsal fin and a little on another fin. I turned out the aquarium light and I see him swimming around a little more now, but he still spends some time just "hanging out" at the surface in the back.
If this Jungle Lifeguard 5-day tablet treatment doesn't work, I read about Pimafix treatment. How's that stuff..........better than the Jungle Lifeguard? Only thing that I can think of that made this happen again was that I didn't vac the gravel good enough. Don't think the ghost shrimp contributed to this, but don't know. I've been doing a 20 to 25% w/c w/Prime every week to ten days. Before, to look at our tank, the water was crystal clear
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