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Old 02-23-2013, 02:54 PM   #1 
Lunchbox148
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Please help (ich)

Hello everyone my betta has been battling with Ich for 5 days now, I have been treating with rid-ich plus and it's working good. However the he has been loosing color and being less active he has like 1 maybe 2 spots today if that. I wanted to know if this is common for a betta to loose color when battling ich because it's stressing me out and idk if it's the medicine or if it's the ich. Should I continue treatment? Is it normal for ich to take this long? any other suggestions? Thanks so much guys.

Housing
What size is your tank? 5 gallon
What temperature is your tank? 82
Does your tank have a filter? yes
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? narp
Is your tank heated?yes 82 right now
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? none

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? pellets, sometimes frozen BWs
How often do you feed your betta fish? twice a day 4-3 pellets

Maintenance

How often do you perform a water change? while medicating, 25-50% daily before medication but before he was sick, twice a week 50%
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 50%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Prime, sometimes stress coat, bacteria additives sometimes

Water Parameters:
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters? N/A

Ammonia:
Nitrite:
Nitrate:
pH:
Hardness:
Alkalinity:

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? yes spots, losing color
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? yes just in the past 3 days
When did you start noticing the symptoms? monday morrning
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? monday, rid ich
Does your fish have any history of being ill? yes, fin rot
How old is your fish (approximately)? just got him a few weeks ago

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Old 02-23-2013, 03:15 PM   #2 
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I've never used meds to treat Ich, I turned the heat up to 86F & added some Aq salt & did frequent 100% water changes as she was in a 2.5g tank, leaving the temp up for at least a week after the last spot. Within 3 days the Ich was almost completely gone & my female was zooming around the tank & eating. I would think yours doesn't feel well therefore loss of color, like people some fish are more sensitive than others to meds. How much longer are you supposed to use the rid Ich?
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Old 02-23-2013, 03:26 PM   #3 
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I've never used meds to treat Ich, I turned the heat up to 86F & added some Aq salt & did frequent 100% water changes as she was in a 2.5g tank, leaving the temp up for at least a week after the last spot. Within 3 days the Ich was almost completely gone & my female was zooming around the tank & eating. I would think yours doesn't feel well therefore loss of color, like people some fish are more sensitive than others to meds. How much longer are you supposed to use the rid Ich?

Three more days after i see the last spot. I just checked on him and i see no more spots just the loss of color and his mouth moving more that usual. so three more days
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Old 02-24-2013, 12:58 PM   #4 
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whats the active ingredient on the med you are using? I brought home a ich carrying betta about a month ago, and it infected my whole sorority, i treated them with API Super Ick Cure for 2 and a half weeks (one extra week for safety since ich can incubate in the gravel for a while) It had no ill effect on my bettas, only it dyed my moss blue =/
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