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Old 11-04-2010, 03:54 PM   #1 
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Baths as a prevenative?

Is it ok to give epsom salt and/or aquarium salt baths once a week as a preventive?

Victor ALWAYS gets this white bump on his head in the exact same spot once a week. It looks like a pump knot on the side of his head with a little white tuft sticking out. Whenever I add aquarium salt to the tank it disappears within 2-3 days. As soon as I stop adding salt to the tank it comes right back!!

It never seems to bother him, but this has been going on for about 2 months, so I'm getting concerned. I don't think it's safe for him to be living in so much salt all the time (he's in it about 3 days a week), so I'm curious if I could bathe him to prevent it from coming back?

What type of salt should I be using and how much? How many times a week should I do this and how long should I let him sit in the bath?

Thanks a lot in advance!!

What size is your tank? 2.5 gallons
What temperature is your tank? 80 degrees F
Does your tank have a filter? No
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? No
Is your tank heated? Yes
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? None

What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Hikari betta bio-gold pellets, occasionally Wardley's betta pellets or freeze-dried blood worms.
How often do you feed your betta fish? 2 pellets in the morning, 2 at night, fast him one day a week.


How often do you perform a water change? Every 2-3 days
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 95-100%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? API Stress Coat

Water Parameters:
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?

Ammonia: Never tested my water

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? Strange reappearing pump-knot/white tuft.
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? No changes
When did you start noticing the symptoms? 2 months ago
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? With aquarium salt, but I have to treat it once a week, so I'm concerned about him living in salt all the time.
Does your fish have any history of being ill? Had a minor case of Ick once.
How old is your fish (approximately)? I bought him in September, not sure how long he was in the store though!
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