Originally Posted by ANHEL123
It ok if you using just Maracyn if you can i would still do daily water changes along with meds and redosing.
Maracyn plus is very good medication for bacterial infection. Just now you don't need to use it since you already using another one.
He can't stay straight you saying, and he is not really bloated i would fast him like you saying you did today. See if he will get better. If he get better then it good you can start feeding him tomorrow but start with a little bit of food. Not sure how much you usually feeding him? Don't give him freeze dried blood worms or flakes. Also if you can find frozen dapinia in the store it also good when betta constipated. If he is not better then you can use Epsom salt.
About water changes if you will try to do 100% every 2 weeks then do 2 or even 3 -50% water changes a week and vacuum the gravel to remove all debris out.
About bettafix yes it very bad for betta labyrinth organs because it has tea tree oil in it and can suffocate them. The any medicine with ''fix'' has TTO that can coat the labyrinth which can block them taking in air from surface.
Also you saying that you was afraid to use aq salt once with medications and used Epsom salt instead
I just want to give you an example under which conditions you can use both salts treatment. Well it always also depend on each case and more symptoms to decide which one you need to use.
Aquarium salt for injuries,wounds,external parasite, fin damage/rot(not plant tolerant)
Epsom salt for buoyancy issues,swim bladder problem, constipation, pop eye, dropsy...
Both have a antibacterial/fungal effect
Both you can use in doses of 1tsp/gall up to 3 tsp/gall depending on what /why you treating . Also usually you need to make daily 100% water changes.
Aquarium salt you can use 10 days up to 14 days in some cases - NO linger than that
Epsom salt is very mild and you can use it long term and in some cases like chronic constipation you can use it in low doses indefinitely.
Both always pre mix first and make sure it dissolved .
Just to say (and NOT to be rude! I promise I'm saying this nicely! lol) she is a girl not a boy. She's one of my two big eared girls :) and she does have eggs
I will continue to do a 20-25% water change along with her medication for the next 3 days until the treatment is over. I also don't have Maracyn Plus on hand so I would have to wait anyway before I would have it.
And She was swimming fine after a while, I think I just over fed her and should have just given her a break instead of feeding her again the next day. But she seems to be swimming a lot better now :) I also never ever give my bettas freeze dried food or flakes. I only give them New Life Spectrum, Omega 3 pellets, and frozen bloodworms (unfortunately here there aren't a lot of frozen or live food choices so Bloodworms are all they have).
I know that their ammonia levels do not get too high so I feel like 2-3 times a week of 50% water changes is too much. I could go 4 days (or more depending on if I was out of town) without changing the water from my previous bettas (who were boys) and they were fine. I do test the water so of course the first sign of ammonia would make me jump to change it. Of course that's normally (without a sick betta).
I know how bettafix effects the bettas and also what AQ salt does. I had been mislead at first and had been told that it was great to just add in the water to help fish breath. Of course no one told me to not add the FULL amount that was allowed and I was then informed. But I wasn't as informed about Epsom salt.
I finally did get it though and I'll wait to use it until after my treatment with Maracyn Two :)
And I also know to premix, don't worry I'm not a total newbie at this :P just never had a betta actually develop pop eye from being completely healthy. I've only ever handled bettas who already had it.