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Old 11-28-2010, 10:04 AM   #21 
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That is really odd, first I have ever heard a Betta react to aquarium salt like that...first time for everything..

What is this- Fish Protect, Ammonia Neutralizer, do they also cover chlorine, chloramine and heavy metals

Salt will not kill the nitrogen cycle
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Old 11-28-2010, 02:35 PM   #22 
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Ammonia Neutralizer (Aqueon Product) is Sodium hydroxymethane sulfinate that neutralizes ammonia and nitrites in the water and acts as a water conditioner by neutralizing chlorine and chloramines.

Fish Protector (Kordon Product) is a vitamin b12 and echinacea liquid (pink and gloopy) that calms fish, reduces losses, eases stress, minimizes infection and aids healing. It detoxifies the free ions of heavy metals present in public water such as zinc, iron, and copper. It also aids any medications in the water b/c it has polymer colloids that beneficially absorb (through the fish's skin) things like methylene blue, malachite green, and antibiotics. (Basically acts like a magnet for medications if you choose to use them)

What I meant by the whole balance of the tank wasn't from the salt. I removed all the rocks so I can clean it faster and I've heard that if the illness is stubborn, that the bad bacteria can also nestle in along with the good bacteria. So far, it's helped Astaire grow back his fins very slightly. But now, the dorsal fin and his two little fins before his anal fin are deteriorating. And now Stamps is getting the same thing (shown in the pictures).

I'm not sure what to do other than keep the salt at the normal level I had it and put some gravel and a plant in there and hope for the best..and hope my Indian almond leaves get here. I am also tempted to buy that good bacterial culture that pet stores sell to establish a tank. But I've heard more negative comments about that than good.

But they are alive right now. Astaire is still very skittish and stressed out. Stamps stopped flipping out and stopped running into walls blindly. He's acting more normal than before.

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Old 11-28-2010, 08:27 PM   #23 
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I got an inch of gravel in Astaire's tank now with 5 tiger eye rocks and two miniature silk plants with his petsmart lantern and a betta leaf hammock *phew*. I put in 1/2 tsp of Aquarium salt per gallon and I did add very little bacteria supplement (1/8 tsp) along with fish protect (1/4 tsp) and ammonia neutralizer (1/4 tsp). Hopefully everything plays out well.

I will be doing the same setup for my HMPK but with one large silk plant. Hopefully, their fins stay in tact and they start to heal. I will be doing 50% water changes daily with a siphon to make sure they don't get too stressed out and see how their fins fair for the next few days. I may even slowly up the salt dosage to see if I can get them accustomed to the treatment.
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