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Old 11-11-2010, 08:01 AM   #11 
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The API Stress Coat sounds very similar to the Aquadene Stress Shield Special that I got at my LFS. The Aquadene one also can be used to dechlorinate tap water and states that it helps to replace the slime coat of fishes.

On the South African forum that I've joined they also compared the Rooibos that I've added to the Indian Almond Leaves. The Rooibos is also supposed to turn the water yellowish and contains lots of tannins and anti-oxidants that are thought to be anti-bacterial too. I'll see if I can't find some of the leaves locally though :) We do have a very strong Indian population in Durban especially so if its used in Indian cooking too I'm sure I'll be able to find it. And I read someone in Cape Town is also able to source it. I just keep on referring to the SA sources as it's local for me...
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Old 11-11-2010, 08:28 AM   #12 
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He's upright now :) Not swimming around yet but at least not lying on his side anymore...
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Old 11-11-2010, 08:36 AM   #13 
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As long as they release tannins it will help. I'm currently conducting a maple leafe expieriment. Some use oak, banana, and other leaves. Just use whats close to you.

Some bettas take forever to recover. My red HMPK male (3.5 months old) took 20 minuets to adjust to me turning on a light this morning.
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Old 11-11-2010, 09:16 AM   #14 
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I would be careful adding medication and salt to the tank with the pleco and hillstreams....you really should QT the Betta for the safety of all fish in the tank-find a small cup and use water from the main tank and float him in the tank to treat and be careful raising the temp up too fast and too high with sick fish as well-you can end up causing a bacterial explosion

Get a clean 1g jug and pre mix your aquarium salt 1tsp/gal and tea and start making 100% water changes every day on the QT Betta for 10 day to help him heal up and prevent secondary infection-he will do better with no water movement or filtration and a shallow container will help make it easier for him to come up for air.
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Old 11-12-2010, 01:24 AM   #15 
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Hi all,

Thank you for all your advice. Unfortunately he did not last the night.
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Old 11-12-2010, 02:08 AM   #16 
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here is my suggestion:

lower your water level, maybe at 3 inches depth, so that he can swim up easily without tiring himself out. add a pinch of salt and heavy IAL extract. make sure that your water temp is within the preferred range. do every other day water change, and don't feed to much.
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Old 11-12-2010, 02:09 AM   #17 
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awww... im too late!
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Old 11-12-2010, 02:21 AM   #18 
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I'm sorry about your loss sweetheart. <=[ He looked like a beautiful boy!
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Old 11-12-2010, 06:10 AM   #19 
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I am so sorry about your fishy! :( :(

Rest in Peace little guy... :(
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Old 11-12-2010, 01:29 PM   #20 
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I'm so sorry for your loss. !

You really tried all you could to save him.
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