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Old 04-30-2015, 03:13 AM   #1 
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Kanaplex for popeye?

So, I took in a betta for one of my troops while he's on leave, and the poor thing started to get duck lip and a large tumor on his head. Near as I can tell, his Sx's were being caused by Flexibacter Collumnaris, so I dosed him with Kanaplex. There was no simple way to mix it with food, so I dosed it directly into the water. The package reads to use it every 2 days up to a maximum of 3 doses. I did, and it seemed like the initial Sx's were getting better.

Just yesterday, I looked in the tank to see how he was doing and... popeye. I just did a 100% water change and the little guy is currently hanging out in a 1 gal jug with epsom salt.

So, my question is this: Should I use more Kanaplex? It says "maximum 3 doses" which I have already met. The medication gives no additional guidance as far as what to do if the Sx's have not gotten better by the time you use 3 doses.

As far as the tank itself, it's a 2.5 gal with hang-on filter and a heater. Normally the water stays around 80 - 85 degrees Fahrenheit, and of course I use tannins and water conditioners. No other livestock in the tank, as it's a new set up and I didn't want to introduce tankmates too quickly.
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Old 04-30-2015, 04:47 AM   #2 
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Hi Sarge,

Nice of you to take such good care of this guy.
It's fustrating when you encounter a resistence to treatments.

I would try a 5 day course of Furan 2 and kanaplex together--follow the package instructions for each. This combo gets really nice results. I'd also do daily methylene blue baths with some epsom salt added--5 drops methylene blue per quart of water + 1/2 tsp epsom salt. This will help his overall blood oxygen level and osmosis.

It wil help if we get some background info--
What size is your tank?
What temperature is your tank?
Does your tank have a filter?
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration?
Is your tank heated?
What tank mates does your betta fish live with?

What type of food do you feed your betta fish?
How often do you feed your betta fish?

How often do you perform a water change?
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change?
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change?

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


Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed?
How has your betta fish's behavior changed?
When did you start noticing the symptoms?
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how?
Does your fish have any history of being ill?
How old is your fish (approximately)?
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