I posted in Betta Care yesterday about my betta Akira (http://www.bettafish.com/showthread.php?t=110117
). He stopped eating his pellets (that he normally jumps for), and started having white stringy poop. I was told he probably has internal parasites.
Now I'm trying to figure out how to treat it. I've been researching treatments for internal parasites, and I am totally overwhelmed!
Is it okay to treat him in his 20G, or should I move him to my 3G hospital tank (I have a heater for it)? He's in the 20G by himself. I just don't want to stress him by moving him to the hospital tank if I don't need to.
My LFS has many options in terms of medications: PraziPro, Seachem Metronidazole, Seachem Paraguard, API General Cure, Tetra Parasite Guard...I'm not sure what's the best treatment.
I've seen a lot of people talking about PraziPro. I've also read that you can use PraziPro and Metronidazole together.
Since he won't eat ANYTHING, I'm assuming I should start with a treatment that goes in the water, and then try feeding him medicated food. Does that sound reasonable? Should I also try ES? Should I increase the water temperature?
I would appreciate any help I can get. He's my first fish (had him for almost 5 months), and this is the first time he's been sick.
Tank: 20 gallon tall (fishless cycled)
Filter: BioWheel 150 (baffled intake, baffled in-flow)
Plants : silk plants, and a few Marimos
Temp: a steady 79F
Water is changed 25% every week to 2 weeks
Water is dechlorinated with Prime
Food: New Life Spectrum Betta Formula, 2 pellets 3X a day (this might sound like a lot. he's never been bloated at all), and fasted day a week. He's had freeze dried blood worms 3 times since I've had him
Thanks in advance!