Originally Posted by jadaBlu
Since you all work with the babies. I thought maybe I'd ask here what is best to debug.
I have aquired a pink and yellow baby female for 99 cents she is less than an inch long that I know has been exposed to what I assume is ick there were white linty looking things swimming in her cup. She surfaces quite a bit so she probably has other issues. I was tired of seeing her suffer at Petsmart. She's had weeks in dirty water. I hope she ends up thriving but I don't know how to treat her for ich or parasites. This particular Petsmart dumps bettas into the dirty water during water changes and they half fill a cup with clean water and scoop the fish up again.
You won't see ich swimming in the cup - it was likely planaria?
Bettas surface often because they augment their gills oxygen uptake with atmospheric oxygen.
A fish can carry ich in the gills without showing spots on the body. An otherwise healthy fishs immune system can keep the infestation at a low level, for a fairly long time. It's only when the fishs immune system is depressed, such as when it's stressed, that the fish loses the upper hand. That is when the infestation spreads to the rest of the fish, and it "magically" appears.
It is wise to want to make sure that your fish is not carrying parasites, because it is not always easy to tell at first. I treat all my new fish for parasites while they are in quarantine. First they get a 2 week heat treatment for ich (2 weeks at 88 - no salt), then they get a prazipro treatment for internals. Then they spend at least another 2 weeks being observed.
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