It's almost been two weeks since I started Rain's Paraguard treatment, planning on doing another week and a half to make sure that whatever's bothering him is gone. Rain's not showing any sign of stress, which is good. I haven't seen him flashing. However, when I did his 100 water change last week, there was around 5-6 hours when I didn't have paraguard in the tank since I dose him every night at 10:45, and I noticed that he made some darting movements, didn't see if it was against anything, but I assumed that something was still bothering him.
And I don't know if it's the IAL or what, but I've noticed that the sides of my tank has this thin slimy film on the surface, and it coats my terra cotta pot, my heater, and my IAL. I'm thinking it's either the IAL, or the double dose of stress coat since it contains aloe. I'm going to switch back to using Prime during my next water change that is this Friday.
Rain has once again built this large bubblenest underneath the new IAL, so it's not sinking. Plus, wherever he builds his nest, I notice that that area of the IAL is dry, so I'm assuming that not all of the IAL wonderfulness gets into the aquarium. Argh, part of me wants to submerge the leaf, but the other part of me doesn't want to ruin the nest that Rain worked so hard to build.
I had to redecorate the tank again, hahaha. Turns out that the bottom part of the Petsmart silk plant that I got could get rusty since there's a thin metal wire in there (refer to this thread:http://www.bettafish.com/showthread.php?t=127810). Since I haven't gotten my hands on any sandpaper yet, I snipped off the sharp edges of the plastic parts of the pennywort with a pair of scissors and then attempted to smooth it out a bit with a rough rock. Not satisfactory, but it will do for now. The sharp parts are much smoother than they used to be. Gotta make a trip to get sand paper this weekend. Hagen Marina, your silk plants are awesome, but please smooth out the plastic parts a bit. Sincerely, a loving betta keeper.
Rain now flares at my fingers, it's quite entertaining. Unfortunately, getting a picture of him flaring is still a task I have yet to accomplish. But here's the best one I could get:
It's blurry, but by the time I had time for the camera to focus, he stopped flaring. That little bugger just doesn't like to get his picture taken, hahaha.
Here are some more pictures of Rain.
You can't quite see it, but his anal fin still hasn't healed up yet (actually, you can see it in the second picture). But on the bright side, it hasn't gotten infected :D No fin rot!
Last edited by majesticstorm; 02-06-2013 at 07:35 PM.
Ok, so I saw Rain flash against the terra cotta pot, twice in a row. But I guess it's a slight improvement since the flashing isn't as...how should I put it..."vigorous"? He used to flash against objects so hard I could hear this "click" noise as he rubs against the pot. Well....paraguard's supposed to get rid of parasites. I guess I should put my faith in it.
After my water change yesterday with Prime, I checked my tank this morning, and don't see any stringy stuff on the IAL, the heater, or the terra cotta pot. I guess it was the stress coat+ that was causing it. Guess I'll stick to using Prime now since the aloe in the Stress-coat just bothers me to no end.
Got sandpaper yesterday and sanded down the sharp parts of my silk plants. I think I made it rougher...but it's not sharp. I hope that won't bother his fins. Worst comes to worst, I'll go to petco to get some more silk plants...
I think I'll get some Vita chem to help Rain regrow his fins. His fins look pretty tattered at the moment...the top lobe of his caudal kinda looks like a crowntail. Argh...my next betta will definitely be a plakat... =.=
I decided to do a 70% change today since Rain didn't really seem like himself after the water change yesterday. I was worried that there would be some plastic bits in the tank after the sand paper session, even though I rinsed the plants a few times before putting them back into the tank. After I did the change, Rain seemed to perk up a bit, so that's good.
I also replaced the IAL. This one is a bit...spoon-shaped? There's a dip near the center, so when I put it in the tank, it was like a hammock, and Rain was utterly delighted. He curiously swam on it, and swam off of it, and then swam on it again and just chilled there. Now I'm thinking about getting him a betta hammock or make one for him since he looked so darling on the IAL. I'm such a doting fish mom, hahaha...
I've temporarily stopped using Paraguard since I've noticed that Rain seemed a bit listless these past few days. Didn't treat him last night, and just let the Paraguard deactivate. He seems much more lively today. I'm pretty sure he still has gill flukes (I looked over at him just as he was flashing against the heater cord), so I think I'll try doing a 1hr paraguard dip/day instead starting Friday and doing 3-4 days of it.
And I'm definitely going to Petco this weekend to get some more silk plants. Hopefully, I'll find some nice ones with smooth plastic parts and also don't bring a betta home with me.
Ordered Vitachem, and it has just been shipped. I think I'll get it some time next week, hopefully monday, but tuesday at the latest. I have officially found my favorite site to order my fish supplies from. Petmountain. They sell pretty good stuff at really good prices. I just bought another Hydor THEO heater (50watt) from them cuz it was on sale at $13.99. How can you beat that? :D
I see that Rain now has a rather nice plump little belly. Not bloated, but "pleasantly plump". However, I'm going to decrease his NLS from 8 pellets a day to just 6.
Last edited by majesticstorm; 02-12-2013 at 09:26 PM.
Teehee! It's official: I've had Rain for two whole months! :D He's still chipper as ever (still flashing, sadly). Planning on going with the Paraguard dip tomorrow during his water change. My friend is also willing to give me a ride to Petco tomorrow, so I don't have to sit in a bus for over half and hour. I plan on getting some more silk plants. I'll need to carefully examine them to be sure they won't tear his fins. Hopefully my friend will be entertained in there while I go about being a betta nut. Oh gosh, oh gosh, please don't make me fall in love with another betta tomorrow! I just hate finding one that I adore and then having to take half an hour to convince myself not to buy him. While TECHNICALLY I can either divide the tank or just get another tank altogether (bought another heater a few days ago, hahaha), I don't think that my parents would be too thrilled about another fish, mostly because they think that they would become a distraction and I won't be able to study well.
Can't wait for Rain's Vita Chem to come in the mail. I really want to remove all the plastic plants to allow for his fins to heal, but I don't think he'll enjoy feeling so exposed.
But...I have another empty 5.5gal at home, so I might be able to convince my parents to let me bring it with me to college. Then I'll have 2 bettas, hahaha. I shouldn't get ahead of myself.
Ok, so I did the Paraguard dip today. Filled the bucket to the 1 gal mark, and then added the medication. I was planning on cupping Rain, setting him loose in the bucket, then cupping him again with the medicated water. But seeing him swimming around in the bucket convinced me to keep him in there for the hour and just put the heater in there to keep the temperature stable. I noticed that he started clamping up a bit during the last bit of the hour. After an hour I scooped him up and slowly got rid of the medicated water and replaced it with fresh water. He clearly wasn't too happy, since he started laying on his side. I was freaking out then. I thought that I was losing my baby. After the water change in the tank, I slowly got him used to the new water. He was perking up a bit, but he would still lay on his side from time to time. Set him loose in the tank, and he started flaring and strutting his stuff to my surprise. He then calmed down and stayed at the bottom of the tank for a while. Now he is back to normal. Considering the effects that Paraguard had on Rain in an hour, I hope that it killed the parasites.
On a side note, I removed all of the silk plants from his tank. All he has now is his pot and this betta plant and IAL. I want to sandpaper everything to be nice and smooth before putting it back in the tank. Plus, I want his fins to heal up before putting the plants back in (he seemed to be getting more tears each day, and the old tears weren't healing up as quickly as I hoped they would). Tracking on my Vita chem package shows that it's in my city, and will probably get delivered tomorrow. Since I don't get my packages on Saturdays, I'm pretty sure I'll get to pick up my Vita chem on Monday. Let's see if this Vita chem works...
Went to Petco today...to get silk plants. I have to say, Petco silk plants are alright. The plastic parts are really soft and the leaves seems sturdy enough. Hopefully they won't fray as quickly as the Petsmart silk plant (which I have thrown away). As usual, I saw a bunch of bettas that I wanted to take home with me...but just can't. :(
Rain seems to have recovered from the ordeal. Never lost his appetite, and his color didn't fade at all, was just a bit listless after the treatment. So far, I haven't seen him flash against anything, so right now so I think that Paraguard did its thing. I recall someone saying that it's impossible to eradicate gill flukes completely, and is more about controlling it rather than eradicating it (but she has goldfish, which I believe have more gill flukes?).
Anyways, I sandpapered the silk plants. I have found that lightly rubbing against the sharp edges is much better than doing it roughly. Put 2 of the silk plants back in there since he seemed kind of bored in the empty tank. I see that he's been trying to get at his tail again...sigh...
And I realized that Monday's a holiday...so I won't be getting my vita chem til tuesday, hahaha...
Got my Vitachem today! :D I did my weekly 60-70% water change (and do another 100% on Fridays), getting ready to add my Vitachem! I have to say, Vitachem smells terrible! And the color's quite disgusting too. I still smell the stuff on my hands, but anything for your betta, right? XD Hopefully his tail and anal fin will heal more quickly. But honestly, I really don't know what to do about his tail. I'm pretty sure it isn't fin rot, seeing how I change the water frequently, so I'm pretty sure that it's a combination of tearing and tail biting. Sandpapered all of my silk plants, so hopefully he won't be tearing his fins anytime soon, but grah! That tailbiting!
I also got the temperature of the water back down to a nice 78-79F so I'm happy to say that the marimo is back in the tank! I love those balls of moss. They're so fluffy and cute. I hope that they grow to be nice and big :) Although one of them is already the size of a tennis ball when I bought it. I am quite addicted to moss balls, if I ever get that 5.5 at home set up, I'll definitely get more moss balls. Just look at this glorious and (almost) perfectly round specimen!
Oh, Rain just took the biggest dump as I was typing this entry. I saw Rain swimming towards me, and the next thing I saw was this HUGE brown lump falling down. I was like O_O and quickly got my turkey baster and removed it (I just changed the water, not going it let it get dirty already!).
Now here's a bunch of pictures of Rain. And he's definitely not piebald anymore, I kinda miss his white face, but oh wells, love him just the same :)
Most recent tank layout after the water change: The light green/ yellow plant on the left is one of the 3 that I got from Petco last week. Some of the leaves are pretty wide and flat, so no need for a betta hammock! So far, I'm pretty happy with it.
I just love shots where Rain's just looking at me.
You can see how bad the top lobe of his caudal is. He seriously looks half crowntail!
Last edited by majesticstorm; 02-19-2013 at 08:10 PM.
I am suspecting that Rain might have fin rot, so I'll give him AQ salt tomorrow. I was worried that something like this would happen since I don't have a filter, but I thought that doing 2 water changes a week (a 50% and a 100%) would be sufficient. But then again, I'm also suspecting that the water here contains ammonia, so my water changes would be futile in a way since it would always be in the tank. Well, we'll see how this plays out. Worst comes to worst, I'll need to buy a pantyhose for the intake, and Rain won't be as happy due to having to swim against a current and he'll have to suffer through a fish-in cycle.