Ok so I've got 2 new bettas.
Both were bought at Petsmart last Thursday and both are veiltails.
Pics will come later if at all. My camera takes awful
fish pictures. =/
One was already unhealthy and suffering from (what I thought
finrot. His name is Genie (Like from Aladin! XD) and he's missing a big chunk of his right pectoral fin and a whole ventral fin. =[ I didn't notice until I got him out of his cup.
The other was pretty musch perfectly healthy. His fins were starting to rot at the edges but I think I've stopped that now. His tail fin is still black at the ends but I think that's actually a little bit of lace. =] His name is NoFace.
Genie is currently in my mom's 1 gallon Hurricane (or Tornado... I forget) Vase with a heater, while NoFace is in a 5 gallon kit from Walmart with panty-hosed filter intake, a heater, a fake plant, gravel, a cave, and a baffeled filter. (thoush he doesn't like his plant or cave at all since at first he had a pretty much bare tank. =/ just gravel and marbles)
At first I was treating them both with Jungle Fungus tablets (which apparently cause cancer, now I definitely
know I'm gonna die of cancer. >=/ Oh well. =/) and aquarium salt but I stopped treating NoFace with the Jungle Fungus stuff and I'm just using aquarium salt with him. Genie was on Jungel Fungus for a few days, just aquarium salt and water for one, and he's back on the fungal medicine now that I figured out a better way to dose him. (didn't think of crushing the stuff while it's in the packet then
pouring it in! That's MUCH
I'm using water conditioner. (Yes I know that's usually a duh but thought I'd mention it anyway.)
So I know how to heal Genie's finrot and all because I wouldn't be using meds, keeping the temp at around 78 with my heater and changing his water daily if I didn't. I'm just wondering, how can I speed the process up? I heard talk of garlic juice but my sister LucyLoofa says that she was looking for garlic juice at the store and couldn't find it. So where in the heck do you get the stuff? If I need to make it, can I make it with a food processor and does anyone know any good recipes with it for the extra I'm bound to have if I do make it myself?
Also, the first two or three days I had NoFace he was fine; but now either he lost a couple scales on his head or he's got hole in the head. =/ I'm not sure which and I can't really get any good pictures of him to show you. I saw some medicines for it but how do I diagnose it? What do I do if it is
hole in the head? The only place I have for him is the 5 gal. =/
I'm thinking of getting a 10 gal but I just got a text from my sis saying I shouldn't so I think I'll hold off on that till I get an answer as to why. I think her phone's off now.
So what do you guys recommend? =]
Also I'm gonna have a party for my fish. XD
EDIT: I forgot to mention that I did a test of my water and apparently it's got the highest General Hardness and highest Carbonate Hardness possible. Will that effect anything? If it's really bad for my bettas what can I do about it? Can I use our Britta filter?
I'm asking because It's apparently so bad it gave one of our dogs Abby a kidney stone that's really big. She might need surgery. S I'm thinking it might not be stellar for the fish. <=/