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Old 03-02-2013, 09:35 PM   #1 
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Unhappy Getting Prepared Again...

Unfortunately, my five day old (well, as long as I've had him) betta Royal died today of what looked like columnaris. I came home with the meds and he was already gone. S.I.P Royal.

Fortunately, petsmart didn't make me pay for the meds and offered me another fish if he passed. But I wan't to get prepared first so this NEVER happens again.

First question: can the moss ball I had in the tank with Royal spread the infection to the next fish?

2. How do I effectively clean everything so that the next fish isn't in danger?

3. What can I do to avoid columnaris the next time?

Thank you for any help. I'm really sad but determined to get a healthy betta for my dorm in the fall.
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Old 03-02-2013, 09:40 PM   #2 
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1. Yes.

2. Toss everything that is porous (gravel, ornaments, filter media etc) and soak everything that's not porous (basically the tank itself, filter, thermometer and heater) inside the tank in a 10% bleach solution for 10-15 minutes. Rinse like crazy until you're sure there's no more bleach. Refill with plain tap water and overdose conditioner.. let that sit.. rinse again and then sit out empty with no water for 24 hours.

Make sure you make the changes for the new betta as outlined in the old one's disease thread.
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Old 03-02-2013, 09:44 PM   #3 
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Okay thank you. You've been a great help.

Is there anything I can do to safe the decorations and moss ball? They weren't cheap. Like maybe freeze the ornaments or completely dry them out of something?

If worse comes to worse, I'll buy a cute little bowl for my moss ball. :)
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Old 03-02-2013, 09:59 PM   #4 
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Anything you do would be a risk, so my suggestion would be not to risk it.
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Okay, Thank you very much. :)
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Old 03-03-2013, 01:47 AM   #6 
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i would treat the moss ball witg meds and leave it in a little cup.
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Old 03-03-2013, 02:02 AM   #7 
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You could medicate the moss ball or throw it in a bowl with a couple shrimp.
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Old 03-03-2013, 11:49 PM   #8 
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You could medicate the moss ball or throw it in a bowl with a couple shrimp.
Why do you throw the moss ball in a bowl with a couple of shrimp? To have them clean it up?
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Old 03-03-2013, 11:51 PM   #9 
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No, all it is is that shrimp can not get columnaris.
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Old 03-04-2013, 12:32 AM   #10 
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The shrimp will eat the ball.
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