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Old 04-14-2013, 03:22 PM   #1 
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Help/support might be nice!

I bought a swordtail male two days ago. I noticed all though he eat, thats all he did, and hung under the heater.

He never got over the new tank Syndrome that the female was displaying so I took a better look at him.

He has white on the tip of his gentlemen area, it looks kinda like a cross between ick/ fin rot/ fungus type looking. Its also only on the tip. It looks like he has a bit of fin rot, but that is from Petco, not my tank setup.

So I took him out of my 34 gallon, and put him in my ten Gallon.

Ten gallon specks.

Some gravel a few live plants, a heater that can't be adjusted, and one spill way filter from Aquarion.

( I have the spill way so that its also aerating the water, I have it down to a bubble science so to speak)

Last time it had a water change was this morning 50%

( I took my fry box out and put it in the 34 gallon who also got its 25% water change to day)

I gave Red ( my male swordtail) The recommended dose for a ten gallon tank.

Meds used Quick cure, ( only ingredients in it are, Formalin and malachite Green)

I know that Formalin and Malachite Green are used to treat Parasites and fungus....

I also know that if he has fin rot the water changes are a good thing. I also know that I can add some salt to that tank, now that hes the only fishy in there. But really don't want to go the salt rout since all i have is table salt.


So, do you think I am going about this the right way?

Plans for tomorrow, Doing another 50% water change, and replacing the medication that I took out.

Do you think this is a good treatment?

Also my water conditioner is Betta Safe, I never use anything else.
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Old 04-14-2013, 03:29 PM   #2 
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Few more details.

Its also under him ware the tip of his gentlemen area is.

also I know he has a bit of fin rot, I bought him like that. But what is wrong with his gentleman area I have not the slightest clue.
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Old 04-14-2013, 08:11 PM   #3 
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Ok hes gotten worse! HELP? It now looks like its traveling up his one side. Hes red so its hard to diagnose if its a sore or not.

I will try to get a pick of him, but hes still feisty so I have hope?
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Im not an expert on swordtails i do only have bettas but i will do what i can to help... is there anyway you can get a few close ups of his problem areas that would be very helpful :)
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Im not an expert on swordtails i do only have bettas but i will do what i can to help... is there anyway you can get a few close ups of his problem areas that would be very helpful :)
I am working on that right now! thank you so much. Most of the issues with Betta's happen with swordtails quite often. So I am sure you might have seen something similar.
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I will do my very best! I know how hard it is when you dont know whats wrong and you dont find help soon enough
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I will do my very best! I know how hard it is when you dont know whats wrong and you dont find help soon enough
Thank you.

I could only get a pick, of one side of him that was clear enough.

He doesn't like to show his more infected side. I have an Idea that it might be fin rot, or fungus.

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Does it appear to be a sore or is it eating away at his flesh?
Fungus doesnt appear too commonly in fish, its usually bacterial. Is there anyway you can cup him and try to get his other side?
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Does it appear to be a sore or is it eating away at his flesh?
Fungus doesnt appear too commonly in fish, its usually bacterial. Is there anyway you can cup him and try to get his other side?
Ya I can cup him.... lets see if I can find a good cup to get good picks through.

It looks kinda like fungus... but then it looks kinda not like fungus.... I have treated Ick before... it doesn't look quite like that.


I will go get some more picks.
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Awesome that would be ever so helpful :) ill check back inna few
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