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Old 06-24-2013, 06:19 AM   #1 
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Melafix issue! :'(

Hi there i recently noticed some fin rot on my Betta fish so I went to the shop and picked up some melafix and they have a special on a bigger tank so i got that too. I thoroughly cleaned everything and added my new betta into the tank. I let him swim around for a bit then i added the melafix and left. When i came back he seems to just be sitting on top of the heater or at the bottom of the tank? all this happened after i added the melafix! The tank is 30 liters so i added about 4.5 ml of melafix.. Any ideas? getting worried :'(
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Old 06-24-2013, 06:25 AM   #2 
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Sorry for a double post but its also worth noting he is spiting out his food.
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Old 06-24-2013, 09:02 AM   #3 
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It sounds like he is having issues with the Melafix. I would do a complete water change, with conditioned water.
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Old 06-24-2013, 09:04 AM   #4 
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If you Google it, you'll see that a lot of folks believe Melafix is bad for bettas because it's too strong. I gather that it can be used, but in much more minutes quantities than is recommended.
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Old 06-24-2013, 04:37 PM   #5 
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Yeah i dont the water change and he seems ok this morning... how much do you think i should use?
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Old 06-24-2013, 04:43 PM   #6 
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I think you should stop using the melafix.
It killed my last betta. It contains tea tree oil which can coat the betta's labrynth organ and literally suffocate them, which is what I believe happened to my boy. :'(
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Old 06-24-2013, 04:44 PM   #7 
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I recommend water changes and stress coat for the fin rot, though.
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Old 06-24-2013, 04:50 PM   #8 
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I find Bettafix actually worked for one of my fish but he was super hardy. But I used it again on one of my fish that I couldn't get to grow back his fins and he ended up passing away. I don't recommend using any of the -fix as I've only heard bad reviews and many fish die instead of being cured.
I don't know if it was just me but I could always smell it right away when I opened the cap. It was really pungent and I couldn't imagine a poor fish swimming in it; no matter how much you put in.
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Old 06-24-2013, 05:08 PM   #9 
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Yes. Anything with "fix" in it is not good for a betta. It's okay for most fish, but bettas are a little different. Betta's breathe the air to get their oxygen, and things with "fix' in them inhibit their ability to breathe because it coats their labyrinth organ. There are people who say that in very moderate dosages (far less than the recommended dose), it is safe. But, I wouldn't recommend taking the chance.
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Yes. Anything with "fix" in it is not good for a betta. It's okay for most fish, but bettas are a little different. Betta's breathe the air to get their oxygen, and things with "fix' in them inhibit their ability to breathe because it coats their labyrinth organ. There are people who say that in very moderate dosages (far less than the recommended dose), it is safe. But, I wouldn't recommend taking the chance.
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