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Old 05-04-2010, 12:20 AM   #1 
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please help!

my betta is very sick it started with ick and now it just went completely down hill.
i don't know what is wrong with him i have a feeling that he inst going to last much longer.
he has a clamped fin can barly swim lost a lot of color looks like he still has the white dots from the ick
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Old 05-04-2010, 12:26 AM   #2 
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How long did you medicate him? Is he still in the same aquarium? White spots are just one stage of ich.
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Old 05-04-2010, 12:31 AM   #3 
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ya i have been using quick cure but today when i got home from a long day of school and work he looked worse it looked like he started to get better
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Old 05-04-2010, 12:32 AM   #4 
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no i put him into a smaller bowl so i could get a god picture of him
i have aten gallon tank for him i had a placosmist but he was the one who got my betta sick so i returned him
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Old 05-04-2010, 12:45 AM   #5 
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It's a good thing you've returned the pleco. Those aren't necessarily the best tank mates for bettas, and, from what I've gathered, grow to be quite large (and maybe aggressive?).

Anyhow, you're going to want to raise the water temperature to about 80F to shorten the parasite's life cycle, therefore forcing it to leave your fish's body sooner, thus making it susceptible to medication. As far as I know, as long as it's in the host you're just playing the waiting game and any treatments will prove to be futile.

So with warmer temperatures, medicinal dosings, and water changes in between, I think your betta should recover. Though it does look pretty tattered in that picture, I wouldn't abandon hope just yet. Also, as a reminder, be sure to clean your tanks, gravel, and all decor thoroughly after your treatment to be sure you've rid everything of ich.

That's about all I know of ich. Someone, please take the mic.
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Old 05-04-2010, 12:51 AM   #6 
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i have the temp at 80-82. and the two of them actually worked well togeather.
so you just think it is ick?
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Old 05-04-2010, 01:08 AM   #7 
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Lol, I only thought it was ich because you said it was. I don't see white spots on him in that picture, though they tend to be quite small and you may have just captured them poorly in that photograph. Do you see white spots on him?
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Old 05-04-2010, 01:24 AM   #8 
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Also, if you're able, could you please give us a little more info to possibly understand the situation better:

Your water parameters for the 10 gallon he was in.
Whether your tank is cycled or not.
How often you do water changes.
How long you've had him, and how long he's been in this condition.
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Old 05-04-2010, 01:27 AM   #9 
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few he has some on his head and back fin but it looks like it is clearing. yet it seems like he isnt gettin better. ill try the water change tomorrow and see how that works
thanks for the help
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Old 05-04-2010, 01:31 AM   #10 
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If the number of them is decreasing, they may be falling off. I'd imagine this would be a good time to start another cycle of medication to kill off the ich. Just worries me that this may be too stressful for your fish.

Do you see any of the white dots, or parasites, on the bottom of the tank? It might help you spot them if you removed the gravel.

I know I'm vague, but I've no experience with ich, personally. Tomorrow, I'm sure someone more knowledgeable will be able to advise you further. I hope your fish gets better.
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