Hi everybody I have a mystery killer.
I moronically purchased a female betta from Wal-Mart because I felt sorry for it and being new to this aquarium bit cross contaminated the water to everything.
The female betta died from seemingly multiple diseases, and I just lost my prize betta in a very peculiar fashion. To make matters worse my 3rd favorite betta is now scratching its gills and has loss of appetite.
The sickly female died with much discoloration, a cotton patch, mild fin rot, and possibly ick and/or velvet. I know, i'm an idiot.
That all seemed to visibly develop in 2 days, and died on the second night.
2 days after its death+ my prize betta died. He didn't have any cotton patches, but one of his gills was swollen open, he developed tail rot (not from the base) that seemed to progress rather quickly, but I’m no fish expert here. He started having swim bladder issues right before his death (4 hours) and was sitting tilted. Eventually he was swimming horizontally and just before his death upside down. I have done my research since I realized the female was sick. Too bad I couldn't save her in time.
What I have the fish treated with: (this includes my prized betta R.I.P.)
Jungle fungus clear
Tetracycline gel food replacement
This was all given to my prized betta as soon as he developed the visible symptoms I mentioned above.
I also have treated all of my fish with this mixture at the same time.
P.s. female was displaying symptoms (lethargy, poor eating, and dark edge of tail (not dissolved though) and she is doing better which is surprising considering she was in the same tank as the biohazard walmart fish. What a trooper.
I'm pretty sure I over medicated the "prize" and that may have helped do him in. The concentration of the jungle fungus was a little high. Ok, a lot. My bad.
Since his death I have added NovAqua at 1/2 dose
Ampacillin food replacement gel (with no success)
The water in my 55 gallon housing the barbs and tetras is turned up to 85 and all the lights are off around all the fish. The bettas are still at 70.5 unfortunately, but I can't do anything about that.
All my fish are treated with a barrage of medicines all at proper dose. (My yellow betta has an extra drop of aquari-sol in his water. It’s supposed to be 12 drops in 10 gallons and I have 2 drops in 7/8 of a gallon) It was an accident, but that stuff is mild so I thought it wouldn’t hurt.
The problem is that my yellow Wal-Mart male that I bought with the biohazard betta is now itching his gills on the rocks. I haven't noticed it in a few hours since I added the second run of meds, but I’m concerned that my fish will all die one by one.
I looked very closely at the corpse of my prize betta and he was a bit slimy (but that could be normal or the slime coat additives). I didn't see any gold flecks, cotton or white spots, and am very confused. I even looked in his gills. Maybe I missed the gold as it seemed like velvet ant fin rot attacking my prize betta. The velvet also fits well with the itching gills of my yellow one.
Am I missing something?
OH!!! Should I get tetracycline tablets because my bettas won't eat the gel right now? I've seen them eat it once or twice each, but not like they do normal food. (one is picky and I think they have loss of appetite)
This is my first aquarium, so I want save my fish from such a terrible fate. It is my fault after all. Maybe I can blame it all on Wal-Mart.....yeah, that sounds good. Damn you Wal-Mart! :(