01-21-2007, 03:30 PM
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With the water changes, they should be done with fresh medicated water. It is much easier to dose both of those meds if you work with a larger container of water (3 gallon bucket) with a cover on it. Use the water, then cover it and use it for the next change, also. The prepared water can be used safely for 24 hrs after mixing it. Be very careful NOT TO OVERDOSE these meds. The fungus eliminator has salt in it, and too much of either of those meds could cause more harm than good.
After a week of using the medicated water, then do the water changes with fresh unmedicated water, the color will come out as the meds are dilluted.
Give him a good week after meds with clean water, good food, and warm temps and see if he hasn't begun recovering yet. If not, let me know because there is one other medication that is safe and effective on the bettas, but it's a bit more potent than the 2 you are currently using, so I hesitated to suggest it because of the fish's current condition. I was afraid that it would be too strong for him in this state.
I have had great luck with the 2 meds you are using now, as have the others I have coached through this sort of problem. I have spent many years researching the bettas and the various meds available. Many of the fungus and bacterial problems seen now days in the bettas are resistant to most common meds on the market.
There used to be an awesome med on the market for the bettas, but it was made by Aquatronics, who went out of business a couple of years ago. I have heard that Jungle Pet Supplies has picked up the patent on these meds, but I have as of yet to see them on the market again. When these meds were no longer available, I spent months doing the research to come up with a comparable mixture of ingredients to mimic the old medication. The fungus eliminator and methy blue combination was as close as I could get. If you ever have the chance to purchase a medication called "spectrogram", grab some... it's always useful when keeping bettas and probably the most effective med I have ever found for their bacterial and fungal issues.
Good Luck and let me know if you need any further help.