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Old 06-16-2012, 09:23 PM   #1 
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Betta not responding to treatments?

Hi, I have posted a thread a week or two ago about my male betta. (Link: http://www.bettafish.com/showthread....87#post1112187 ) I have tried giving him peas and giving him epsom soaks. I have not gotten a result yet. He has been treated with the following:

- Melafix
- Splendid Betta Water Conditioner
- Betta Fix
- QuICK Cure
- Epsom Soak
- Peas
- Fasting

He has been having normal bowel movements. Any more help would be greatly appreciated. He's still swimming around normally and blowing bubble nests. I have also attached a couple more pictures. Is there another way to treat him? Should I just leave him alone for now since he's acting normally? Thank you!
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Old 06-16-2012, 09:41 PM   #2 
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holy.... How's his poo look? stringy? white? broken? translucent?
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Stringy. Some of it is kind of broken. The color seems to be normal. He's been eating normally.
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Try picking up a med with a good amount of metronidazole or praziquantel and mixing it in his food. I think he has internal parasites. :/
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The QuICK cure supposedly treated parasites. His bulge is translucent. I do see a string floating in there. I let it be since I thought it was his intestines.
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I agree with Olympia.

Quick cures, and anything with FIX is more aimed at "everything" than "something". I like things that actually say "ich medicine" and "anti-parasite" only because it is aimed particularily at that one thing. If he still eats, an anti parasite food is best.
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Thanks. Is there a certain brand you guys suggest or just anything at the store containing metronidazole or praziquantel? I have been giving him regular pellets and the occasional pea since he refuses to eat anything else (bloodworms, flakes, etc.)
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Metro+ or a product made by seachem both are just the metrodinazole, it's a powder and you can mix it in a bag with food and shake it.
Not sure about the praziquantel, it's a pretty common ingredient too.
Jungle labs uses metrodinazole in their parasite cure, but if they have the pure stuff I'd take that if you can find it.
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I'd stop the peas for now, mainly because because it does not digest, it "pushes" everything out. Unfortunately, a parasite blocks the digestive track, causing what you see in your betta - severe bloat differing from SBD. Their bodies may also get very skinny because of lack of nutrition
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Thank you. I have only given him peas once or twice since I suspected constipation and heard it added moisture to his diet. I will pick up the medicine first thing tomorrow and see if that works. Is it safe to use with other antibiotics?
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