05-28-2008, 11:15 AM
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I have nevr heard of a medication called methylene green... they maybe misunderstood it for malachite green, and no, they are nowhere near the same thing. Malachite green is not safe for a betta.
The bucket of medicated water should be dumped and replaced every other day, so it should be good for 2 water changes. A smaller bucket, usually 5 gallons is a good size to use, especially if you're getting the fungus eliminator because dosing instructions on the fungus eliminator are 1 tsp for every 5 gallons. Water changes should be done 100% every day for 10 days.
Covering the bucket is a good thing to keep dust/dirt out.
If changing her bowl temp that drastically, she should be acclimated to it. A plastic cup with a cover (cover should have a hole in it) can work well, otherwise use a small plastic baggie, roll down the top of it a few times so it floats. Put some of her old bowl water into the baggie with her, let her float for about 5 - 10 minutes, then put her into the bowl but dump out the water in the baggie.
Best of luck to you and your fish!