So I have this suspicion my sorority might've caught ich, but I'm hoping that's not the case. I've been noticing a few little white dots on some of the ladies, and it's making me paranoid-- however, they're all completely energetic, hungry as ever, and none of them seem to be darting around to rub against things. The tank temperature has remained consistently between 84-86F as well. All of the girls were quarantined before they were added to the tank and were monitored closely for any signs of illness; they were introduced to the tank about 10 days ago.
If it IS ich, I'd be willing to run a salt treatment, but the tank is a planted 15 gallon and having to do 100% water changes seems almost impossible-- not to mention it's still currently in the process of cycling and I'm terrified of messing the cycle up.
Ideas? Anyone have experience with this sort of situation?
What size is your tank? ~15 gallons, give or take
What temperature is your tank? 85F
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? sorority tank, currently houses 9 girls
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Atison Betta Pro
How often do you feed your betta fish? Each girl gets approximately 3-4 pellets (they're very small) twice daily.
How often do you perform a water change? 2 changes per week while the tank cycles.
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? Approximately 30%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Seachem Prime
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? white dots on several of the girls
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? So far nothing about their behaviour has changed at all.
When did you start noticing the symptoms? Last night.
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? n/a
Does your fish have any history of being ill? n/a
How old is your fish (approximately)? All are between 6-8 months.