I noticed about yesterday or the day before yesterday that my betta has tiny white dots on his body, near his head. And also on his tail is where there's a lot more. They're really tiny, but large enough for the human eye to see. Yesterday I thought they were just bubbles that stuck to him because I was doing a water change and he was curious and getting close to the pitchers that I was taking the water out with. So I just thought it was really small bubbles on him, but now I'm getting worried. :( Does he possibly have a disease? I'll try to get pictures.
After reading some threads here and researching on the net, I think he has Ich/Ick. :[ Poor guy is swimming around erratically and trying to itch his tail on the live plant I have in the tank, and is sticking mainly to the sides of the tank. Looks like he's trying to itch himself.
Can anyone help me with treating him and his tank buddies? He's in a 10 gallon tank with 6 neon tetras (who all have the white dots on them too, not as many as Orphan though), and a Chinese Algae Eater. I changed 25% of the water Friday. Water temperature is usually anywhere from 75 to 83 degrees, but mainly sticks to 78 or 82 degrees. I don't really have any way to adjust the heat. I have a heater but it's automatic. I don't have any medication for the fish but I'm going wednesday to get more live plants and another betta, so I can pick up some aquarium salts and whatever else he needs then. Hope that helps. Can anyone help?
Is it a cycled tank?
I think I've heard that when the ich goes away, they're dropping off to reproduce. Right now, salt baths, warm water, and maybe a bit of medication would help. I'm not sure what to do with the neons, but I believe right now is the time when you have to clean out the tank well to kill off the ich. That might be hard to do if it's a cycled tank, though. I'm sorry I can't be more help. All of my tanks are uncycled.
I've had to treat ich in one of my tanks before too, and after looking it up online there seemed to be two easy things to do to help get rid of it.
-Add some salt to the water. Ich has a hard time surviving with salt in the environment. Second, turn up the temperature a few degrees. A couple of sites pointed out that Ich does not do well in warmer water, and I can't say for certain how true these facts may be...but, I do know that doing both of these things cleared up the problem right away without having to resort to chemical medication.
My tank is uncycled. I plan on getting the water at least tested soon though. Hopefully I'll remember wednesday to bring in a water sample. And ouch, I hope they're not reproducing. But I have two more days and then I can get the salt!
I can't adjust my heaters unfortunately. :( But I'll try to keep my room warmer (if it gets any warmer though I might have a heatstroke haha). But thanks! I'll be sure to do some salt baths until I see it's gone. Do you add salt everyday?
The pet store didn't have any salt. :( They only had this "Betta Revive" stuff that I don't even know how to use! It says 1 drop per 16 flo. oz. of water. My tank is a 10g. So how many drops? I wasn't very good at this stuff. :P