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Old 04-25-2011, 11:58 AM   #1
 
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Is this Ick?

I been fishkeeping for about 3 yrs now and never havei had a problem with disease!! anyway, i just moved to another house and its been 3 weeks since we moved in, ive introduced 5 dwarf corys and 3 cherry barbs (not at the same time of course). so 1 betta, 3 cherry barbs, and 5 dwarf cories. I noticed that the betta, who is normally EXTREMELY active, always harrassing the other fish, always hunting for food and etc but now i noticed that she is very lethargic and her eyes have a white shade over them. Her fins her clamped and she doesnt seem interested in hunting the other fish. I see tiny tiny white dots on her body (about 5 in all). and i noticed the cherry barbs occasionly rub against the plants but this is rare.

could this be Ick?
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Old 04-25-2011, 10:47 PM   #2
 
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I been fishkeeping for about 3 yrs now and never havei had a problem with disease!! anyway, i just moved to another house and its been 3 weeks since we moved in, ive introduced 5 dwarf corys and 3 cherry barbs (not at the same time of course). so 1 betta, 3 cherry barbs, and 5 dwarf cories. I noticed that the betta, who is normally EXTREMELY active, always harrassing the other fish, always hunting for food and etc but now i noticed that she is very lethargic and her eyes have a white shade over them. Her fins her clamped and she doesnt seem interested in hunting the other fish. I see tiny tiny white dots on her body (about 5 in all). and i noticed the cherry barbs occasionly rub against the plants but this is rare.

could this be Ick?
Rubbing against things and small white spots (like grains of salt) sound like ich. Start treating (salt works very nicely) ASAP, though I think you need to be careful with salt dosage with cory's.
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Old 04-26-2011, 06:14 PM   #3
 
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Rubbing against things and small white spots (like grains of salt) sound like ich. Start treating (salt works very nicely) ASAP, though I think you need to be careful with salt dosage with cory's.
will the plants be ok with the salt?
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Old 04-27-2011, 07:33 PM   #4
 
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will the plants be ok with the salt?

The plants should be fine. Mine didn't die, though they may wilt but should come back. There is info on the forum about salt dosage. I did 1 tsp per gal and than you do the same thing again 12 hours later. After that you just replace salt with each WC you do. Example, if you do a wc of 10 gal, you add 10 tsp of salt. So if you didn't do another WC for the 7-10 days, than you're done with salt. Hope that makes sense. It felt so strange to me putting salt in with the fish, but they showed no stress from it. Snails will die of course. Watch for signs of stress when you first dose. Don't just poor salt in, but take tank water and dissolve the salt in another container, than add slowly to tank. Keep your temp up too as much as the fish will tolerate 82-86 is recommended.

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Old 04-27-2011, 09:06 PM   #5
 
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The plants should be fine. Mine didn't die, though they may wilt but should come back. There is info on the forum about salt dosage. I did 1 tsp per gal and than you do the same thing again 12 hours later. After that you just replace salt with each WC you do. Example, if you do a wc of 10 gal, you add 10 tsp of salt. So if you didn't do another WC for the 7-10 days, than you're done with salt. Hope that makes sense. It felt so strange to me putting salt in with the fish, but they showed no stress from it. Snails will die of course. Watch for signs of stress when you first dose. Don't just poor salt in, but take tank water and dissolve the salt in another container, than add slowly to tank. Keep your temp up too as much as the fish will tolerate 82-86 is recommended.

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thanks for tip :D i noticed that the white spots are gone and i havent seen any of the fish rubbing against anything in awhile. My betta however is still very lethargic. All shes doing now is staying toward the bottom looking sad....
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Old 04-27-2011, 10:35 PM   #6
 
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the Cherry Barbs may be the reason that your betta isn't happy. They are super fast, energetic, and constantly moving. All of that action in his tank can and will severely stress out a betta.
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Old 04-27-2011, 11:31 PM   #7
 
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the Cherry Barbs may be the reason that your betta isn't happy. They are super fast, energetic, and constantly moving. All of that action in his tank can and will severely stress out a betta.

I agree with DanMarion, In some cases this could be a possibility. Hate to say it but you made need to rehome the cherry barbs if there is no other reasons that could be causing your betta to be like this.
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Old 04-28-2011, 08:06 PM   #8
 
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shes been fine with them. Ive seen her chasing them around occasionaly
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