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Old 07-15-2013, 11:28 AM   #1 
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New betta has ich

Yesterday morning when I went to go feed my betta I noticed that he had small white spots all over his body. Looking at other pictures of fish that have ich I'm fairly certain that this is what he has. I bought some jungle aquarium salt to start treating him with, did a 100% water change, raised the tank temperature, and replaced the water according to the package directions (1 Tbsp/5 gallons). I haven't noticed many changes in behavior; he's still active and swimming around and eats well. I have caught him rubbing against one of the plants a couple times.

I just got my poor boy this last thursday so it really wouldn't surprise me if he caught it at Petco. I know he was in the cup for at least a week, if not longer. Before this he was doing very well other than a few tears in his fins.

Is there anything else I should be doing? Should I increase the amount of salt? I'm planning to continue doing 100% daily water changes with the salt.


Housing

What size is your tank? 5 gallons
What temperature is your tank? 85*
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, normally at 80*
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? None

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Aqueon pellets
How often do you feed your betta fish? 2-3 pellets twice a day

Maintenance

How often do you perform a water change?
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change?
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change?

Water Parameters:
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?

Ammonia:
Nitrite:
Nitrate:
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Hardness:
Alkalinity:

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? Small white spots all over body
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? I've seen him rubbing on things a few times but he is still active and eating
When did you start noticing the symptoms? Yesterday
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? Yes, I increased the temperature to 85*, did a 100% water change and added 1 Tbsp of aquarium salt
Does your fish have any history of being ill? Unknown
How old is your fish (approximately)? Unknown
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Old 07-15-2013, 11:47 AM   #2 
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Usually putting the temp at 86F & doing every other day water changes with a good vacuuming is all that is needed. You don't need to do 100% water changes. I've not used meds to treat ich when I've encountered it & I only added the aq salt the first day. Make sure you leave the heat up for at least week after you see the last spot.
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Old 07-15-2013, 12:06 PM   #3 
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How much water do you recommend changing?
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Old 07-15-2013, 12:42 PM   #4 
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In a 5g tank I would do 50% or so. Was your tank fully cycled or are doing a fish IN cycle? If you're doing a fish IN then you should be testing the water daily & doing water changes accordingly.
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Old 07-15-2013, 01:21 PM   #5 
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I'm doing a fish in cycle. I can't test the water but I've been following the nitrogen cycle guide and I also have a few live plants.
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