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Old 07-03-2013, 12:42 PM   #1 
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My new betta Tim.

Hello everyone!

I am somewhat new to keeping bettas but I have had one for about 3 months now. Anyways, at my local fish store they had two of these bettas kept together, as far as I could tell they were both males. I knew that is a big no no so I decided to purchase one. I named him Tim because he is so small and sickly. I am pretty sure that he has a fungal infection as well as ich. So far all I have done is frequent water changes as well as keeping the water around 80 degrees. So my question to you all is what steps should i take next to get this little guy to prime shape. Hes so active and very happy but I know he is sick. At night he will flash against the plants in his tank. His fins were also in really bad shape when I got him but they seem to be on a rapid come back. I feed tim new life spectrum betta formula pellets and frozen/freeze dried blood worms. He has an enormous appetite and quickly gobbles down everything I put in there. Right now I am keeping him in a 2 gallon spec but I will be getting a five gallon tank for him soon. Here are some pictures of Tim.

In one of the pics you can see white spots on his fin.
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Old 07-03-2013, 04:48 PM   #2 
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Aww, he's so cute! He's definitely lucky that you came along.

I'm not the best one for advice on treating illness, but I think I remember seeing that a raised temperature can help with ich. You'll probably need medications (or at the very least aquarium salt) to treat a fungal infection. If you search these forums you can probably find tons of great advice on diagnosis and treatment of various illnesses.
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I just got back from the fish store and got my self some aquarium salt. I'm going to try the salt+raised temp method first and then move to medication if it does not work. Thanks for the response.
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Old 07-03-2013, 07:19 PM   #4 
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Just remember to dissolve the salt seperately before you put it into Tim's water! Otherwise it could hurt him.
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Old 07-03-2013, 07:22 PM   #5 
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He's adorable! Best of luck, I know he'll pull through quickly in loving care!
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Old 07-03-2013, 08:28 PM   #6 
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Just remember to dissolve the salt seperately before you put it into Tim's water! Otherwise it could hurt him.
Yeah I dissolved it in a cup with water from the tank. Hes doing ok so far so I'm pretty sure hes going to pull through. keeping my fingers crossed.
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Old 07-06-2013, 02:40 PM   #7 
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Just a little update on Tim. Hes still doing good, I have his water at 85 and am still using aquarium salt. Doing daily 100% water changes to get the ick out. I took some better pictures of him. You can still see a few white spots but I believe the treatment is working.
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Old 07-11-2013, 03:32 PM   #8 
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Just a quick update on Tim. I believe he is now free of ick, as well as the fungus that was on his right side. The salt and high temps worked wonders and I would definitely recommend that approach to anyone before medicating. His fins continue to grow and the color is starting to show up in the new growth. Just want to say a quick thanks to everyone on this site the information on here was very helpful. I will post some pics of Tim in a week or so.
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Old 07-11-2013, 03:38 PM   #9 
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That's great! I'm so glad that you were able to get him well without using the medications. I think those should be a last resort in most cases. I look forward to seeing new pics of Tim!
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Old 07-11-2013, 03:51 PM   #10 
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He a looker! I'm so glad you were able to treat him and get him feeling better!
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