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Old 10-04-2010, 01:26 PM   #1 
sgoheen08
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Jungle Fungus Eliminator for Betta

Hi guys, this is my 2nd posting on this forum and I was just needing some help with the JFE treatment for fin rot, cottony specs, SBD, loss of coat color, and red striping.
All of my prior history with my betta is located in the thread below:
http://www.bettafish.com/showthread.php?t=49295&goto=newpost

In short: He has gone thru velvet treatment successfully but seemed to get a secondary infection, possible fin rot and columnaris so I ordered Jungle Fungus Eliminator after hearing that this is the best thing to treat these issues with. It has been over a month since being treated for velvet so I wanted to try this JFE for a couple of days to see how it works. Before I do this, I need to know how to administer it to him safely:

The bottle says to do a 25% water change and to add the amount required for his gallons which he has a 3 gallon tank. I plan to vacuum the gravel with the 25% water change.
My question: Should I mix the required amount of JFE with the new 25% water that I am adding back in?
Or, should I just add the new water back in after vacuuming the gravel and THEN add the JFE into the tank? Or does it even matter?

If anyone has any experience with this medication specifically for a betta, your help is appreciated!! Thanks in Advance!
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Old 10-04-2010, 01:37 PM   #2 
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I think before treatment it would be prudent to figure out whether this is really a bacterial infection that he's got. Often after being medicated, fish can become vulnerable to a fungal infection called saprolegnia, it can look like some bacterial infections, but it is much less invasive, moves more slowly, and is treated differently. Often it looks like little grayish tufts, especially on the fins. You might want to google a few images of it to see if it is consistent with what your fish has.

I have used JFE before a long time ago, but have since come to the conclusion that it is a weak medication, so I prefer medications like Maracyn and Triple Sulfa. Anyway, if your 3 gallon has a filter, then you should really choose a different hospital container to treat him in. The medication will ruin your bacterial colony if your tank is cycled, so you should avoid using your regular tank for treatments like this. Rubbermaid/sterilite plastic storage bins make excellent hospital tanks since they are cheap, (about $3) durable, and they're long and shallow so the betta still has plenty of swimming space but doesn't have to struggle to reach the surface to breathe.

The way I think I used it was to fill my hospital tank with about 25% old water from the betta's tank, 75% fresh dechlorinated water and mixed in the appropriate amount of medication, then I acclimated the fish to the new water. Keep in mind that you still need to do water changes as necessary if the tank is small-since mine was two gallons, I did a 100% water change in the middle of the treatment and added another dose.

JFE is an antibiotic, so there are risks involved with using it. I suggest reading this article so you understand how antibiotics work and some of the risks involved with their use: http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/fa084

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