What size is your tank? 10 gallon
What temperature is your tank? 78-80 (since heatwave last 7 days, previously, tank held steady at 75-76)
Does your tank have a filter? no
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? none
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? HBH Betta bites pellets, freeze dried blood worms (treats), tetra bettamin flakes, and new life spectrum pellets
How often do you feed your betta fish? 1-2 times daily, some days I get home from work late, and they're sleeping, and refuse to eat. If they don't come to the surface to eat, then I don't feed them because it just sinks and dirties. That being said, they eat at least once daily, and they are good and round, but not bloated. I try to skip a day every now and again...but I hate doing it, and since sometimes they only eat once daily, I just monitor their weight and go with that to make sure they're safe.
How often do you perform a water change? 1 betta in 10 gallons of water. Once per week.
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 50%, and I clean the marbles on the bottom at that time as well.
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? API water conditioner, sometimes stresscoat if anyone has ripped fins or looks like they need it.
Have you tested your water? yes
If so, what are the following parameters?
Ammonia: between 0 and 0.25...water due to be changed on monday, and it's not quite yellow, not quite light green, somewhere inbetween.
Hardness: 150 (hard)
Alkalinity: 100 (moderate to ideal)
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? Buckley has one large white speck under his head and near his gills on the left side, Somerset has small white patches on his face and under his head. They're also breathing slightly faster than is normal.
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? flashing
When did you start noticing the symptoms? today, though the flashing started yesterday, possibly day before, took it to be playing with the reflection in my laptop, now I'm pretty sure it was at least partially flashing
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? yes, Tetra Lifeguard (tetramethyl (antibiotic), chloro (antifungal), and imidazolidinone (anti-parasitic))
Does your fish have any history of being ill? Buckley had Ich shortly after coming home (water got warmer, and suddenly my boy had Ich) and was treated with Coppersafe (aggh, didn't know how awful that stuff is for them!), but it's a new thing for Somerset. But, he's only been home for about two weeks.
How old is your fish (approximately)? Buckley is a very large adult, I've had him a couple of months, possibly a short time longer. Somerset is newer and younger, has grown a bit, only home about 2 weeks. Both rescues from Petco.
Basically, I know they have Ich, but I'm slightly concerned it could also be some type of fungus, hence the all-in-one treatment, effective to Ich and for fungus as well. I am not using AQ salt because Buckley can't handle it (for whatever reason...) and had a very bad reaction to it previously. So, trying the med route. I'm pretty confident that Ich is a common enough problem that this will cure it.
My question is, since this has been a recurring problem (twice now for Buckley, no new fish in contact with them) but their water temp has recently risen due to extreme heat down here in the south. When it's 113 outside, tank heaters are a moot point. ;) So I believe that the water temp increase is where the Ich got started back up again, so now I'm concerned that I never really got rid of it in the first place.
-- Do I need to clean their tanks/plants/hides/etc. thoroughly, and if so, with what?
-- Can Ich live in their tanks, waiting to rear up again, or is it just something that fish can get recurrently without being exposed to any *new* fish?
-- And, one more, how contagious is Ich? Does a single fish usually get it, or can it move from tank to tank?
I always wash my hands before and after handling, but while I working with one tank to another, I'll occasionally get wet, splashed, move a plant, etc. and I'm sure that every once in awhile the water comes into contact from one tank to the other. Both 10 gals are pushed together at one end so that the boys can flare at one another occasionally just for fun/exercise.
Thanks in advance for help! :)