Originally Posted by AltheaGlyndwr
Yeah, that's why I was confused as to how to treat it. I don't currently have an adjustable heater but I will see what I can do about the temp. I don't have an empty tank yet... well I could make an empty one gallon to keep her in.
This is my journal and post # 11 shows what meds and resources I have and post # 20, the very last picture, shows what she is doing.
Are any of these the specific I could use for her?
API General Cure
Epsom Salt (pure)
Jungle Fungus Clear
Jungle Ammonia Clear (only for emergencies and when I know I won't be able to do that water change soon enough but I've yet to use it)
Jungle Ick Guard
Jungle 5 in 1 test strip
Jungle Ammonia test strip
I also got API Stress Coat today. (figured I should put out this list in case I don't know that someone is good for her but you guys do)
As a general rule, slime disease is a specific protozoa called Chilodonella which is best treated by metronidazole or quinine. You are in luck, also...
General Cure is perfect
...IIRC it is Metro + Praz. Safe, proven, effective, and will not harm the biological filter. Aquarium Salt, Coppersafe, Fungus Guard and Ich Guard are unnecessarily harsh, much more toxic, and not as effective. Any product with copper, formalin, malachite green, etc. should not be used as first line treatments due to higher toxicity, lower effectiveness, and longer duration of dosing. General Cure is very safe to use with antibiotics, if need be. While I do not advise it, you could eat a packet and probably not even feel bad. It's incredibly easy on fish.
KanaPlex is good medication...it's kanamycin. However, kanamycin is a narrow spectrum antibiotic which mainly affects select gram-negative pathogens. It is good for hard water and marine usage. Swim bladder infection tends to be gram pos, which it does not treat. A widespectrum antibiotic such as doxycycline, oxytetracycline, TMP Sulfa, Sulfa 4, Nitrofurazone+furan mixes, etc. is nice to have as it treats tons. Doxy is amazing and it also treats some fungi...for virtually all bacteria that affects fish, it's a good choice...the sulfa cocktails are as well which contain TMP or TMP/SMX.
Nitrofuracin Green is also popular. IIRC API makes something called Furan 2 which is the same as NG minus trace amounts of meth blue and a trace bit of sodium chloride...when made into NG, the amount used is very small relative to standard dosing and it works well on a variety of things.
If ammonia isn't 0 and pH is above 7, use of Prime or Ammolock is a must...fish don't heal well if they are in an environment with ammonia. The short term solution is something like Prime which converts to ammonium...while not a long term solution, its great for QT/treatment intervals when the biological filter is not of the single-most concern. Ideally you want higher than 77...low to mid 80s are going to boost the immune system and help kill parasites faster. Most small heaters are not adjustable tho, and 77 isnt bad although not ideal given bettas come from super warm water. G'luck!