First of all, thank you to whoever lends me some of their wisdom.
I have a betta named bomber living in a five-gallon hex planted aquarium. It is filtered and cycled. Ammonia and Nitrite are at 0 and Nitrate has been between 5 and 20 ppm. PH is about 8. It is 78 degrees with a 10 watt fluorescent bulb on 12 hours a day. There is some Anacharis and Java moss.
Now to my problems:
He has fin rot. I have tried salt baths for about a week but they aren't working too well so I think I should try some medication in a 1 gallon quarantine tank. Should I use Maracyn or Tetracycline or something else?
Next is the Cynobacteria. It came with my java moss, which I should have quarantined in hindsight. To get it off of my plants, would a bleach dip work? I have heard conflicting info on this. I can just scrape it off the rocks but it sticks to the plants stubbornly. I just don't want to do it if it does nothing to kill the bacteria.
Anyway my plan of action so far is to seperate Bomber for treatment. Bleach the plants and replace the filter. Wipe off all the algae and cynobacteria. I also want to replace my gravel because I hate the current color. However I would leave the old gravel in for a couple of weeks until the new stuff is cycled.
I am curious as to how effective my plan is. Am I overreacting? I do 10% water changes weekly because I read that was the right amount but I have heard others say up to 50% considering my parameters I am not sure what else I can do to keep the algae at bay.
Thank you again for suffering my long post and helping in any way you can.