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Old 04-25-2011, 12:19 PM   #1 
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How to treat live plants after betta sickness?

I've often wondered this and have yet to see a discussion about it. Let's say your betta gets sick with something like Ich or Velvet and in the tank are live plants. So, you quarantine the betta, treat, etc and the betta recovers. But you can't just return the betta to his tank without sanitizing it. So, how do you take care of the live plants? Should they be thrown out? Would a good rinse suffice? Do they need to be quarantined on there own?

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Old 04-25-2011, 01:48 PM   #2 
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Most parasites need a host to complete their life cycle and with the fish removed-often they die

Most of the problems that affect the fish are usually related to poor water quality and compromised immune response-once those issues in the fish are corrected the tank itself should be fine/safe

You have both good and bad pathogens that are always in the tank/water keeping each other under control. With the bad pathogens waiting for the right condition to infect....no matter how much cleaning you do it will still be in the tank......by correcting the bottom line...water quality and immune response these will not be an issue.....even with some parasites this can be true.....a fish with a strong immune response will not be affected

Internal parasites-this can be an issue in some cases, however, most fish will have some internal parasites in the gut their whole life and be asymptomatic because of the immune response and natural shedding of the parasite......

Bottom line- keep the fish healthy with proper care, nutrition and good water quality to maintain a strong immune response.......by trying to create too sterile of an environment you kill both good and bad pathogens and can make thing worse....its a balance.......

Sometimes you do need to do a full nuke of the tank and tear it down and start over fresh....but not very often.....
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Ah, makes a lot of sense! Thanks so much OFL. ^^

What about transferring a live plant from one betta tank to another? What are the risks and what precautions should I take if doing so?

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Moving health plants from one tank to another should not be problematic.......however, transferring natural pathogens that could be on plants to a sick fish with lowered immune response would need a rinse in running water before use IMO....
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