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Old 08-20-2009, 09:36 PM   #1 
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Exclamation The mystery of the ich: SOLVED

First, thank you everyone for your support and kind words regarding Taco's passing. It's really weird having just Tian-Tian around, but I suppose I'll get used to it eventually.

Meanwhile, Tian-Tian still has a recurring case of hardcore ich. I've done daily water changes, kept the temperature constant, tried warming him up, I've quarantined him and bleached his tank, I've treated him with Jungle Ick Clear and the darn ich STILL hasn't gone away!!!

But now I know why.

I took a quick spin over to my LFS this morning. Since I've been a bit of a regular over there, they were more than happy to help me out. I talked to "Dr. Fish" and explained to him Tian-Tian's mysterious case of ich.

As it turns out, Tian-Tian's recurring ich is not for my lack of trying. Apparently there's a certain bacteria in my water supply (yes, the very same water I drink from) that older fish, like Tian-Tian, are susceptible to. In older fish, this bacteria can cause ich. So for all of my water changes and everything else I've done, it's something I can't really get rid of 'cause the darn bacteria is in my water supply.


Baffling, isn't it? Thoughts, anyone?

I picked up an intense ich medicine with Formalin and Malachite Green to at least alleviate some of the symptoms (as recommended by "Dr. Fish... who has been keeping fish for 40 years, by the way).

Tian-Tian has been doing all right, but I think he's mad at me 'cause I've left him in a bare tank. I bought him a new plant today while I was there to replace the one I had to throw away. I might put it in tomorrow, or in a few days. We'll see.

I also looked at the current shipment of Bettas... thinking about getting another Betta.... but it's too soon just yet. Too soon. (And besides, I've got to move Tian-Tian back to my dorm in 5 days).

Long update was long. Whew.
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Old 08-20-2009, 09:39 PM   #2 
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Yeah, that water thing IS wierd. You'll get another betta when you're ready.
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Old 08-20-2009, 09:44 PM   #3 
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Wow that is strange. I'm glad you know why he is getting it now.
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Old 08-21-2009, 12:42 PM   #4 
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Update:

Looks like the medicine that I bought yesterday did wonders for Tian-Tian! He was blowing his first bubble nest in MONTHS and swimming so much more energetically than he has been! :) Also, he loves his new plant.

So yay!
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Old 08-21-2009, 02:55 PM   #5 
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Glad to hear Tian-Tian is doing better! Thats interesting about the water.
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Old 08-21-2009, 03:07 PM   #6 
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That is weird. I would start getting spring water and treating it for him. And treat him for another couple of weeks.
& you should get another betta, if you're ready.
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Old 08-21-2009, 03:13 PM   #7 
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Glad Tian-Tian is doing better!
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Old 08-21-2009, 03:15 PM   #8 
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Thanks! Me too! :D

BLAH. Spring water is too expensive. And since I'm moving to college town, the water supply might have a different chemical makeup. We'll see. :) Thanks for the suggestion, though. I'll keep it in mind.

Meanwhile, I recall seeing a cute, tiny, yellow female that I really liked. I kinda wanted her, but since I'm moving in a few days, that probably wouldn't have gone over too well (and I'm still a bit hesitant, anyway). I'll buy different stock at my college town. Maybe. If my financial aid ever gets here. :(
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Old 08-21-2009, 03:21 PM   #9 
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Oh yeah, forgot you were going to college. So the water should be better there.
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Old 08-21-2009, 03:57 PM   #10 
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HOLY TAP-DANCING MOSES ON BUTTERED TOAST.
I just realized:

It was more than likely the WATER that caused Tian-Tian's dramatic color change!!
It DID happen when I got home for the summer, after all.
asjkdlgjalksdfjlsaff!!!!!

See for yourself!!
Before:

Now: (below)



Note: this is not what the tank looks like right now. It's bare with one plant similar to the one pictured here. :) Just so you know.

But this shows EXACTLY the problem with my water. SOMETHING'S DIFFERENT.
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