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Old 04-21-2010, 07:02 PM   #21
 
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I'm fighting what looks to be a losing battle with my betta. I tried Jungle Clear for 15 days - did nothing.

Then went for Super Ick Clear (malachite green). 2 treatments almost killed him.

I had already raised the temp & added more salt.

So I gave up on meds - put the filter back in - upped the salt to 2 teaspoons/gal & I'm still waiting & watching.

It's been 23 days since I started treatment. I think it started just before I went on vacation - so it had a week to really get going

I can't believe he's still alive. Such a little fighter

He's still eating so there's a bit of hope. But I don't think the poor little guy can fight too much longer.
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Old 04-21-2010, 11:17 PM   #22
 
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I'm fighting what looks to be a losing battle with my betta. I tried Jungle Clear for 15 days - did nothing.

Then went for Super Ick Clear (malachite green). 2 treatments almost killed him.

I had already raised the temp & added more salt.

So I gave up on meds - put the filter back in - upped the salt to 2 teaspoons/gal & I'm still waiting & watching.

It's been 23 days since I started treatment. I think it started just before I went on vacation - so it had a week to really get going

I can't believe he's still alive. Such a little fighter

He's still eating so there's a bit of hope. But I don't think the poor little guy can fight too much longer.
If it were me (and it's not) I'd do a huge water change, removing the salt and meds in the process. Slowly adjust the heat until you get the tank to 86 degrees (bettas can handle the heat, IMHO) and wait it out until three days after the last visible white spot had been seen. Ich can't reproduce or survive in temps higher than 85 (at least that's what I've gathered from all the info I've read and received)

A short but informative read on ich and its life cycle:

http://www.skepticalaquarist.com/docs/health/ich.shtml
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Old 04-23-2010, 08:18 AM   #23
 
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I had to euthanize Fins last night. Felt like killing.

I used clove oil to put him to sleep - then vodka to kill him.

We buried him in the garden.

In looking back over my notes on the tank (I started a notebook when I set up the tank) - it must have been the new plants I put in the beginning of Feb.

Although I did a very mild & quick bleach dip - I was thinking about snails - it's the only thing new introduced to the tank.

So I will now quarantine any plant before putting them in the tank.

He had a fungus also. At first I thought is was another ICH spot - then I noticed the fuzz - & it looked like it was making a hole in his head.

When he tried to swim he listed to the side & couldn't lift his head to eat.

So now I'm staring at an empty tank

Which will remain empty for about a month - till I'm sure all the parasites are dead.

The plants got a bit stressed during all this - probably the salt - so I will concentrate on getting them healthy.
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