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Old 01-02-2012, 09:31 AM   #1 
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How long will it take to make her get better?


I've been treating my female betta for ich for about 4 days:
50-75% water changes daily
Stress coat
1/2 tsp. aquarium salt per gallon 2x a day (disved in some of her tank water first)
Jungle ick gaurd II
Luckily she has not gotten worse but still has clamped fins, still darting and flashing in tank. Especially rubbing her gills on objects. They don't look damaged. She also like to wedge her self into tight spaces (has no trouble getting out)
I'm waiting for her tank heater to come in the mail so I can keep her tank at 80.
Now it's between 70 and 75
Ammonia is 0, nitrite 0
She is still eating but seems to be uncomfortable
Tank size is 2.5gallons
Plant: moss ball
Took all other plants out

How long will it take for her to stop rubbing/flashing
should I get a stronger med like rid ich or quick cure?
Or do I just need to be patient?
She only had a few spots on her fins and body that were hard to spot because she is pale colored. But she was darting and flashing which clued me in that something was wrong.
I don't see any spots anymore but wondering if they are still in her gills?
Thanks for reading this, I'm worried I'm missing something.
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Old 01-03-2012, 09:38 AM   #2 
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I think she has damaged one of her pectoral fins because she is not using it much. My guess is that it's from her rubbing against things in her tank and also wedging herself in tight spaces. The poor girl is uncomfortable and her color is paler.
Hopefully tank heater will come soon.
Still no more white spots and I'm paranoid that it was velvet all along. I don't think she looks like she has velvet but I know it can be hard to see. Her Mai. Symptoms are clamped fins, darting, flashing and rubbing against things and also laying at bottom of tank.
Any thoughts would be great, Im driving myself nuts
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Old 01-09-2012, 05:35 PM   #3 
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If she has white spots, like salt sprinkled on her then it might be ick.
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Old 01-09-2012, 09:21 PM   #4 
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Is it white spots or like salt sprinkles? Photos would be helpful.
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Old 01-10-2012, 12:27 AM   #5 
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Regardless of whether it's ich or external parasites such as gill or skin flukes, I recommend the following treatment:

Put her in 3 tsps of aquarium salt per gallon and bump the heat up to 86 degrees F. Change at least 75% of the water (preferably 100% if you can because it makes redosing the sale easier) every day and use a gravel vacuum to clean the bottom of the tank as thoroughly as possible. The key to treating external parasites is to get the parasites that fell off out of the water as fast as possible. Otherwise, they will reattach or multiply. Continue this treatment until you no longer see the fish flashing or rubbing or no longer see spots. Then continue the treatment for another 3 days after that.

I hope this helps you. Good luck and keep us posted. :)
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