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Old 11-02-2012, 09:54 PM   #11 
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I didn't know it was so harmful for bettas, i read somewhere that it should be done with each water change because it is soothing for them and helps them adjust after a water change. I've never added salt everyday, only with water changes which is once a week, but i will def. stop adding it.
I find the whole betta care confusing tho. There are TONS of articles out there but they all say something different. Even the experts don't agree on all points.
anyway, i guess all i can do is try to keep learning about what is best.
Thanks for your advice :)
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Old 11-02-2012, 09:58 PM   #12 
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Bettas can tolerate brackish water, but don't abuse it. Above all, you've done a great job in keeping him for 2 years. I think it's his time to go lol. Try a salt bath. If you still have time and money, try kanaplex. Good luck.
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Old 11-02-2012, 09:58 PM   #13 
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If you want to add something soothing add stresscoat. It helps put slime on a fish's body and can prevent some illnesses via keeping a healthy coat of slime.

Edit: And I'm sorry but 2 is young for a betta so it shouldn't be his time to go if well cared for. Betta's live 5 to 7 years, sometimes 10. He's been is salt this whole time so honestly salt will do nothing, anything he has is immune to that now.

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Old 11-02-2012, 11:49 PM   #14 
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If you want to add something soothing add stresscoat. It helps put slime on a fish's body and can prevent some illnesses via keeping a healthy coat of slime.

Edit: And I'm sorry but 2 is young for a betta so it shouldn't be his time to go if well cared for. Betta's live 5 to 7 years, sometimes 10. He's been is salt this whole time so honestly salt will do nothing, anything he has is immune to that now.
I'm not saying he's a goner because of his age, but because of his condition lol. He's been in brackish water, not salt. Anything he has now, is immune to that amount of salt, but more salt, a salt bath, CAN potentially cure it. It's worth a try as the fish is nearing end. I could be wrong in that doing nothing can possibly save his life along with frequent water changes. Just try something, anything, and let us know how that goes. P.S. Bettas live up to 10 years? Don't believe everything you see and read on the internet LV lol. I don't doubt that, but I believe it's rare. I find even 7 years is also rare lol. Now 5 years, I can see that more feasible as I have kept bettas up to 40 months or so.
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Old 11-03-2012, 12:05 AM   #15 
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In a more natural environment, bettas can live a lot more longer than you would think. Wild betta splendens can live up to that amount of years but it is really dependent on how well the environment is.
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Old 11-03-2012, 01:01 AM   #16 
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Sorry for being off-topic. I hope your fish makes it bettasplash.
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Old 11-03-2012, 01:01 AM   #17 
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Once aquarium salt is used for a prolonged period of time it becomes un-effective, because the fish or bacteria develops an immunity to it. You might as well stop using it since it's not improving his condition. Good Luck, maybe try malachite green?
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AH...and never use anything with the word Fix in it o.o, that's damaging to a betta's labyrinth organ.
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Old 11-03-2012, 03:00 PM   #19 
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Thanks Everyone for your input! I have stopped using the salt and am now treating him with Furan2 and Kanaplex. I'm also using stress coat. He's still doing about the same, i just hope i am keeping him more comfortable.
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