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Old 12-09-2010, 06:33 PM   #1 
bettablue
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Question sick betta, should I quarantine?

Housing
What size is your tank? 5 gal
What temperature is your tank? 75-80
Does your tank have a filter? yes
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? no
Is your tank heated? yes
What tank mates does your betta fish live with?

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? betta pellets
How often do you feed your betta fish? 3 a day

Maintenance
How often do you perform a water change? weekly
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 50%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Prime and recently salt

Water Parameters:
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?

Ammonia:
Nitrite:
Nitrate:
pH:
Hardness:
Alkalinity:

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? cotton growths on fins
How has your betta fish's behavior changed?
When did you start noticing the symptoms? 3 weeks ago
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? added aquarium salt to tank
Does your fish have any history of being ill? no
How old is your fish (approximately)? 1 year?

So my recently new betta has had some cotton growths on his pectoral fins. I treated him w/ tetracycline and the treatment didn't work so after changing his water and giving him a couple days to rest, I tried a salt treatment instead. I added 5 teaspoons of salt and it seems like the growths have now spread and are getting worse. Should I quarantine him in my 2 gal and give him daily water changes? Should I try the salt treatment again in the 2 gal?
I tried getting pictues but the cotton growths don't show up in the pic. The growths look like the white dots a fish gets when it has ick....
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