Long story short, I look at my girls and see tell tale white salt like dots on the fins of one of my ladies. I pull her out to get a good look at her. I can't SEE any spots on the rest, but that might be just a matter of time. I can isolate her and treat her with salt, but my concern is the sorority.
I know it's best to treat the whole tank, BUT this is a NPT, meaning soil capped with sand, substrate vacuuming is not an option. Salt is not an option.
What size is your tank? 29G
What temperature is your tank? ~79
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? 4 ladies, 1 BN pleco, and 50+ baby snails
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Primarily pellets, NLS grow formula, occasional bloodworms.
How often do you feed your betta fish? Sometimes once a day, sometimes twice
How often do you perform a water change? once a month
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 10%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Conditioner - stress coat
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
pH: 7.5 or slightly above
Hardness: extremely soft
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? ich
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? clamped
When did you start noticing the symptoms? tonight
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? not yet
Does your fish have any history of being ill? no
How old is your fish (approximately)? have had her for about 2 and a half months
I know standard treatment, and I am preparing a really odd QT with Aq salt, but I want to know about the rest of the girls. IS there a way I can treat the tank? I did have some issues with my filter, it likes to cut out. I don't know if that could have stressed her.
I have to do some testing, see if I have a suitable heater to raise the temp, otherwise I'll just have to slowly work her up to 3 tsp/gal and hope it doesn't show up on any others.
No pics of her, it's ich, I know it.