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Old 04-15-2012, 05:12 PM   #1 
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Unhappy I'm back, dealing with a fish emergency

Back in the neighborhood... thought I'd say hi... and update everyone...

Been off the board for a few months. Human problems.

Under the heading of 'no good deed goes unpunished' - the short version:

Today I rescued my own nine remaining betta girls from their 20H Sorority tank (now in another location, out of my immediate control). The tank conditions had deteriorated greatly and were toxic.

Update on betta conditions (Note: fish bought from breeders have fared much better than their store-bought compatriots):

The Rose (vt) twins:suffering from columnaris; missing scales.
Sky (vt marble): malnourished; fins tattered; possible fungus.
Miss America (Cambodian marble vt): fins tattered; possible fungus.
The Neon Pink (Cambodian crown vt) twins: malnourished.
The Sunshine twins (marble vt): no obvious problems.
Midnight (lace hm): no obvious problems.

Teal Girl (iridescent vt): fin rot; possible parasite on side.
Bog (Cambodian marble vt):
malnourished; fins tattered.

The girls were all moved to a 5 gallon hospital tank set up for them as follows (yes, I know that it's not an optimal situation - I did say it was an emergency):
  • Numerous weighted plastic plants (very soft plastic - which were used successfully in previous betta configurations).
  • 20 gallon filter - no filtration material yet; water movement/oxygenation only. Plants baffle water flow successfully.
  • Tannins added with decaffinated green tea.
  • Stress Coat added to water in medicinal dose (it is also a declorinator and adds other good stuff).
  • Water adjusting down slowly to 76F from 80F in former tank.
  • Feeding Jungle anti-bacterial food only (positive and negative gram).
  • Tank is covered with hood.
  • Aquarium salt added (columnaris hates salt; will cause it to release from fish).
  • Dark towel covers tank to allow fish to rest and heal.
Bettas hungrily ate medicated food, so I am hoping for best possible outcome internally, without putting antibiotic into their hospital water.


My plan is treat change hospital water daily (tannins, stress coat and Aq. salt) and avoid filtration for first 10 days. I will reevaluate conditions of all the fish at this time. Fish requiring parasite or further treatment will then be placed in containers floated in the 5 gallon.


In the next two weeks, I hope to be able to retrieve my 20H tank. It appears it is overrun with blue-green algae, and although I was able to change the filter, I am sure the water is horrible.


I plan to clean everything possible with boiling water, aq. salt and bleach. Other items that can't handle boiling water will be treated with aq. salt and bleach. I am planning to wear LONG rubber gloves to handle everything from that tank, to be on the safe side.



P.S.: I am aware I'm going to have to cycle both tanks; the 20H will be cycled prior to the new fish going in if all goes well.






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Old 04-16-2012, 03:42 AM   #2 
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Shouldn't the one with columnaris be seperated since its contagious?
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Old 04-16-2012, 06:56 AM   #3 
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Tikibirds,

Good question! :)

All the fish were previously exposed to the contagion in the 20H tank, and all are being treated. The salt will keep the columnaris from attaching to the bettas.

Morning update: all bettas are active and eating. :) Tank water at 78F.
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Hope your ladies pull through :)
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Old 04-16-2012, 09:57 AM   #5 
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Old 04-16-2012, 09:57 AM   #6 
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Good luck! Frustrating not to be in control of your fishy's well-being. I had to break down a sorority once due to leaving them in someone else's care out of necessity. I lost 4 of 6 of them. Sounds like yours are begining to turn the corner, so hopefully they will be out of the woods soon.
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BeckyFish97 and Katy: Thank you. :)

Update:

Lost one of the Rose Twins - pineconed.
Also lost Sky... too weak for the cure.

Everyone else seems active and eating. Hoping for the best.
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I hope the rest will be OK
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Me too! Everyone looks hungry this morning :)
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Old 04-18-2012, 06:00 PM   #10 
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No losses today, hurrah! 90% water change, w/salt and decaf green tea. Filtration media added today. Will continue anti-biotic food and 50% water changes.

The girls are all behaving themselves, even in these crowded conditions. Hopefully I will get the other tank back this weekend, and they'll get back into roomy home soon!

They town has added a new wrinkle into the mix.... water pipe flushing this week! Will have to watch the water carefully, just when I don't need any more excitement. :\
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