Originally Posted by ANHEL123
Ok one of the symptoms when they have internal parasites is white, clear stringy poop. A lot of time along with bloating. Sometimes gray belly...
Is he bloated? Did you see his poop?
I don't want you confuse external and internal parasites. External parasites he will swim like crazy (darting); try to rub his body on objects, looks like cover with salt or white dots. It usually start on one spots and then spreads....
If it really eternal parasites you need Epsom salt for bloating and it will also help to pass the worms out of the system but it really helps if the fish is eating so he can produce waste too. Dead worms are passed along with poop.
Now there is a post were someone treating it right now with Epsom salt and medications. And he update today that his betta is better. Let me look at the post . I will give you a link so you can see what kind of medications he is using along with Epsom salt.
Now if it external use Aquarium salt. For internal - Epsom salt. Both es and aq salt you can use up to 3teaspoons / gall.
Instructions are the same.
For internal 2 teaspoons/gall pre mix in one gall jug for the right dosage. You will need to make 100% daily water changes along with anti parasites medications.
Thank you very, very much for your input!!
Didn't know it at the time, yet now realize Fantasia has been sick ever since I bought him from the pet shop. Grrr.
Hmmm...... I've never seen white, stringy poop hang from his body. After cleaning his bowl every day, noticed stringy 'brown' stuff at the bottom once or twice. Normal poop? Can't really tell if he's actually bloated. Also not sure if his belly is grey, but the color is faided there, along with a faded color on his head (hole in the head?) and sides. There is also a reddish color by his gills/eye (s). Sometimes, he swam around with his gills open. Swam in circles yet he hasn't been doing this anymore. He doesn't have normal energy for a betta. Swims around, stops in place, swims, then stops in place. Yesterday his tail looked different, as if it was partially close to together- does not spread out all the way completely. There are other symptoms too.
Began using Parasite Guard last night with epsom salt and aquarium salt.
Actually heard from someone else that heat treatment can stress out the fish, cause the parasites to become dormant and than come back later more aggressively. So, now tried keeping his water temperature normal. (75-82 degrees) Also, the Parasite Guard box says threadlike worms hanging from its body are a sign of external parasites. :)
It's helping him some. Thank you! After putting the Parasite Guard his moving his head from side to side really quickly has stopped as well as his running into things or swimming really fast all of a sudden. They have stopped. Yet, around lunch time today his head moving quickly from side to side is coming back again with having less movements now.
So, maybe will continue using the Parasite Guard, epsom salt/aquarium salt every day and wait for the medicated fish food to come in the mail next week ATLEAST for prevention. Thinking of cleaning his bowl now and this time not putting his marbles in. How will I know if he gets stressed out by not having the marbles. What would be the signs?
Also, looked up fish terbucolosis and I do not think he has it. Do not see any wounds or sores on his body and the shape of his spine/back looks normal to me. Yet, after looking at him through a flash light, noticed some lumps or bumps on his body.
Anyway, atleast Parasite Guard is saving his life. Ha. Holding off on the PP bath for a last resort??