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Old 02-22-2011, 06:18 AM   #1 
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Exclamation Ugh Parasites....

So I figured out the 2 out of my 3 betta's have gill parasites (My fault for cross contamination) The reason my 3rd didn't get it is because he was in a salt water treatment for the fin rot he had when I bought him. ANYWAYS on the reason I am posting this here... I need to get rid of these in both 5g tanks. What is the BEST way to disinfect a 5g tank? Since salt water WILL kill them could I just used heavily concentrated salt water to clean everything? I am WAY to nervous to used bleach PLUS on the gravel bag it said NOT to bleach the gravel so i am at a loss. What can I do? (also I have 3 apple snails, will any residue of salt kill them?)

Will be doing this at 12pm (while my daughter naps) so quick answers would be MUCH appreciated!
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Old 02-22-2011, 07:02 AM   #2 
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i heard you can use vinegar to clean your tank...but wash it out really really good afterwards...and dont depend on my answer yet..wait on other people to give some answers...
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Old 02-22-2011, 07:04 AM   #3 
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Well im doing an extremly high salt water soak on everything. I read that if the solution is strong enough you can give your betta's a 30 min dip in asalt bath for parasites... the betta can handle the change but the parasites CANNOT. (which is 4tsp Asalt to 1g of water) so i put like 1million tsp of asalt in some water to soak everything. I think that might work :) I really hope it does.
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Old 02-22-2011, 07:24 AM   #4 
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sounds good...hope it works for you...ive got och problems on my neons right now...ugh..
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Old 02-22-2011, 07:26 AM   #5 
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Bleh its so terrible... Just cured one with fin rot now ive got 2 with gill parasites... but its okay I understand that I am newish to the betta scene and I am bound to have a few problems before everything goes smoothly. I am hoping all of this works! Then I can just enjoy them in all their beauty.
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Old 02-22-2011, 07:29 AM   #6 
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dont worry...even the best of the best have problems...so dont feel bad..ive had bettas for the past 12 years now...and i still have questions and problems
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Old 02-22-2011, 08:25 AM   #7 
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I think the salt dip worked! CoCo doesnt seem to be "itching" anymore.
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Old 02-22-2011, 08:34 AM   #8 
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awesome!!
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