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Old 12-30-2011, 10:12 PM   #1 
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Please help!

I just got a new betta and ive never had a betta in my life and i had no idea how to take care of him. I saw him in walmart in a tiny little case and decided i needed him so that day i bought him, some food, and conditioner. He's in a 1 gallon tank since that's all i had and he was fine then i noticed this white stuff on the top of his head and he stopped eating. I just bought some aquarium salt and pimafix but i don't know if its helping him or not
Please help i have no idea what i should do
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Old 12-30-2011, 10:36 PM   #2 
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My first betta was a rescue lol
Does the white stuff on his head look fluffy? Or like grains of salt?
Make sure his water temp is okay and change his water everyday. That's all the advice I can give until someone else who can help you better replies
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Old 12-30-2011, 10:55 PM   #3 
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It looks kinda fluffy and its not that big but its gotten bigger
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Old 12-30-2011, 11:15 PM   #4 
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Can you post a picture?
If it's not grainy and all over his body then it might be a fungus... how long have you had him?
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Old 12-30-2011, 11:29 PM   #5 
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He wont stay still for a good picture picture but its above his head. Ive had him for about a week
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Old 12-31-2011, 01:15 AM   #6 
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Hmm it might be a fungus because that's not ick..
Did you give him a water change? You need to change it everyday since it is just a 1 gallon. You should get a heater. Bettas are tropical fish and the temperature should be about 78-80ish to promote healing.
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Old 12-31-2011, 01:34 AM   #7 
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You don't need to change a 1g tank every day. Regular maintenance on a 1g tank is two water changes a week, one 50% and one 100%. If you are doing treatments, depending on how stressed the Betta os... then you would do a change every day.

I am unsure what the salt/water treatment is with Columnaris though, as I always use medication for any kind of white growth. I usually use Maracyn and Maracyn II.

I am unsure about the Pimafix, I don't use any "fix" bottled medication either.

You could message Myates or Sakura, they could handle this better for you.
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Old 12-31-2011, 03:18 PM   #8 
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Well ive been changing his water everyday since he's been sick should i stop?

Is there anything you'd recommend to help him get better and for betta care?
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Old 12-31-2011, 07:05 PM   #9 
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Changing his water daily is not hurting him and in my personal experience change the 1 gallon every 2-3 days on normal.. changing twice a week is going to have some ammonia present. While he's sick daily is not bad. Just make sure the water temp stays constant.

You really should move him to a 2.5g+ with an adjustable heater if at all possible and set the heater 78 at least. If it is columnaris then I wouldn't set it above 76 for now since that's a bacteria that likes heat. You'll have to acclimate him to the temp by either floating a cup or increasing the heater by one degree a day.

Kanaplex is effective on Columnaris and also on true fungal infections. I'm not sure how to treat in a 1 gallon though as the measure calls for 1 measure per 5 gallons water. If you were to treat in 2.5g it would be easy enough to cut (literally) the measure in half. Maracyn is a gram positive med and Columnaris is gram negative it will not be effective if it is actually Columnaris. Maracyn II does have potential against it though.

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Old 12-31-2011, 07:41 PM   #10 
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Good ive been changing his water daily :)

Thank you ive meant to get another tank but then he got sick so i ended up getting medicine instead.
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