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MattD 05-21-2007 07:01 PM

Spots have disappeared, but. . .

About a week and a half ago, I made a post saying several white dots have shown up on my Betta fish. The day before they showed, I observed him for hours and noticed nothing on his large flowing fins. The next day there were several white grains on his fins and around his beard. Immediately I quarantined him and kept an eye out for any new spots on my other fishies. I attributed this to a drastic measure I took days earlier, I put ice cubes in my tank to cool it down, as it was enduring a severe temperature spike to nearly 32C. A few days later the spots showed up ONLY on my Betta.

Well, none have shown up in the main tank, and the tank I quarantined my Betta in was treated with ich meds. I understand at least 2 weeks should be taken to treat, but it's a rather small tank and probably at the most, 1 gallon.

The spots have been off my Betta's body for the last 5 days or so.

Did I overreact to begin with, perhaps this was not ich? If it were, would the parasites have shown up back on my Betta by now? I reviewed their life cycle many times educating myself on the affliction, and I understand they have just under 3 days, 70 hours, to find a new host once their sacs hatch off the floor. In my Betta tank I did 100% water changes, ensuring that no parasites would be anywhere except for on my Betta had they survived the treatment. to begin with. There have been no new spots for 5 days, and he is free of white grains.

I'm beginning to think it was not even ich, however I don't want to be too hasty here, but I also don't want to put my Betta through hell when there was nothing to treat anyways. This affliction is notoriously pesky to rid a tank of, I find it hard to believe that, IF it WERE ich, it's gone already.

Lupin 05-23-2007 03:00 AM

Several dots=ich

Don't stop 14-days treatment course. The ich parasites may not be gone as you think. In the meantime, be sure to provide varied food diet to ensure the betta gets vitamins to boost its immune system.

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