Ok I got him a completely different bowl than the two you had recommended, a heater, new gravel, and PimaFix for the ich. I am hoping that this works. I will update all of you what his condition is/if he likes his new bowl.
I have had success treating ich with the natural methods outlined by Old Fish Lady. If you have an adjustable heater, turn it up to 80-82. Ich is a parasite, and the warmer water will help speed up its life cycle. Add 1 teaspoon of aquarium salt per gallon of water, and using this salt treatment, do 100% daily water changes for 7-10 days. The parasites cannot withstand salt and they will die. Just don't keep it up for more than ten days, long-term exposure to salt can weaken the fish's immunity.
I agree with Lola. Doing it naturally is definitely better than using medication.
I'm not sure how sensitive Bettas are to medication, but my goldfish got Ich about a week before I was leaving for a vacation, so I naturally got some Ich medicine that contained malachite green in it.
Malachite green is supposedly supposed to cure a wide variety of illnesses (broadspectrum medication), but unfortunately it is also VERY BAD for your fish if used improperly. When I was using it to treat, I read the instructions about 10 times before starting the treatment.
My goldfish are now cured and live happily and ich-free, but I think my own heart is damaged from stressing out about the malachite green XD. I only used it because it made their Ich go away in less than 36 hours.
However, now, whenever my fish aren't looking 110%, I toss half an aquarium salt dose in and change some water the next day, it always perks them up for some reason :D
Ich is one of those odd things that just shouldn't be around anymore. Pima will probably kill it even though its not a anti-parasite. Treat the tank for ten days minimum.
Draw a large drawing outline of your fish and put little numbers wherever you see a white dot then keep a log on notebook paper of the start and end time of the marks. If new marks appear after the third day of the ten days of treatment then the pima isn't working and you should you should look for Aquari-Sol or Parasite Clear or other parasitic poisons like victoria green. The aquarisol would be the easiest to use in this case, assume that tank is two gallons.
Ich has an exo portion in its life cycle. When it is in the fish it will create a bubble on the surface or under a scale. When this pops tens to hundreds of little ich come out then go into the gravel, nooks and crannies in the tank. This is when you can kill them.
If you have to use a larger dose type medicine, dissolve the medicine in a water bottle of known volume then dose with the right percentage. Since this is a 2 gallon and most meds are for 10 gallon, one fifth of the dissolved med would be a dose.
The salt does work and honestly just sprinkle it around the bottom.
On that tank if you're gonna use the center column bubbler get a small pack of poly stuffing floss and tear off bits, rinse them in tap water then give them a drop of water treatment and squeeze a couple times. Shove the small wad in the bottom of the pipe the bubbler is in then put the airstone on top of it. This will slow the flow some and keep the tank from cycling the nasty round and round.
Aeration isn't necessary for betta but they always seem happier to me.
Last edited by Thunderloon; 02-26-2011 at 10:36 PM.