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Old 04-09-2012, 06:50 PM   #1 
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Rubbing against objects?

Is this behavior based on water quality in a tank? My other betta started doing this, sometimes i catch him doing it. He sometimes sits at the top of my tank and moves around in the tank and flares out at night. My tank has small abouts of tannins released from the mopani wood in the tank. If it is water quality, should i do a 50% or more change?

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Old 04-09-2012, 06:58 PM   #2 
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Rubbing against things is a symptom of Ich, I would suggest watching him closely and checking for little white spots on your fish. If you see any I would treat him for Ich. I personally don't do any treatments unless I know what the illness is.

Just keep a good eye on him for anything else that pops up.
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Old 04-09-2012, 07:13 PM   #3 
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is ich something that can be treated without buying medication right off the bat?
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Old 04-09-2012, 07:21 PM   #4 
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I found this site has a lot of good information. Though again, I wouldn't treat your fish without knowing what exactly is making him rub against things.

Just keep him in observation for the time being.
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Old 04-09-2012, 09:02 PM   #5 
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it seems that hes developed some small specs when i look closely at him. So I'm assuming he might have ich then if thats what its described as.
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Old 04-09-2012, 09:08 PM   #6 
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Sounds like ich. You can safely raise your temperature to 80-84F, this usually kills off ich.
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Old 04-09-2012, 09:45 PM   #7 
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If i were to increase the temperature, should I move him out and wait for it to get appropriate temperature?
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Old 04-09-2012, 09:46 PM   #8 
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You should remove him, increase the temperature, and acclimate him.
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Old 04-09-2012, 09:54 PM   #9 
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hmm, my tank usually sits at 78, is 82 a comfortable constant temperature even after the ich? Was just a thought.
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82 is fine for a betta long term. It actually boosts their immune system, so if you can keep it that high, go for it!
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