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post #21 of 28 (permalink) Old 06-17-2017, 04:19 PM Thread Starter
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There are three new additions to the tank - The Indistinguishables! The only cory cats were panda cories, and the three of them only differ in size. My betta hasn't been aggressive towards them at all. She seems rather curious. After they swim somewhere, she swims slowly after them in exactly the same path. She nudged a few of them but backed off when they froze. After studiously watching them root around in the substrate, she tried to bite a rock before quickly realizing it wasn't food. After a bit, she cautiously crept over. They froze, and this time instead of backing off or anything, she went over to the biggest one and lay her tail gently on its side, not moving. After about ten seconds she backed off, and now they don't seem as wary of her, but one of them always stays close to the food while the other two periodically swim around and explore the tank. They switch who's by the food every so often. It's the first time I've had cories, and I'm super excited! They all seem to be getting along. We'll see how things pan out. :)
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post #22 of 28 (permalink) Old 06-20-2017, 10:57 AM Thread Starter
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We have a problem.
I woke up this morning and she was stuck againdt the filter. I thought she was dead, but her eyes weren't all dark and she swam to the surface when I gently pushed her off.
However... below her head, from gills almost to mouth looks split. Whenever she has to take a breath, she shudders, and seems very hesitant to do so.
It's hard to see because I took her out of the 10 gallon and she's in her cup until a hospital tank can be provided.
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It also looks like there's one or two parasites attached to her.. I don't know what I should/can do. I'll be taking all of the fish out of the tank, doing a massive water change. I'll prepare a hospital tank for the betta, and maybe put the cories back in the 10. Should I feed her a little frozen brine shrimp (thawed)? Breathing looks painful, let alone eating, and she's kind of bloated from eating the cories' food..
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post #24 of 28 (permalink) Old 06-20-2017, 11:20 AM
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you need to get a sponge filter or do a diy one, she's too small to swim against the current of a traditional filter and betta do better with sponge filters anyway.
i use 100% polyester filling instead fo filter fiber.

i would remove her to a small hospital tank with an air stone and some stress guard, silk plants, and almond leaves with daily water changes and try to get her healed up. in the mean time it's important you switch out your filter.

also, cory cats need to be in groups of 6 or more. they are a schooling fish, 3 isnt enough.

i can't really make out her injury in that image, it's too low res.

i would fast her a day if she ate too much of the cory's food.

edit: also when i get in babies i feed them a combo of blood worms, brine and new life spectrum pellets ground up in a pill crusher.
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I have never seen any fish die like this. Her body is in full dark color like it never was when she was alive, her head is essentially black, her mouth white, where her stomach and organs are is white. (I had to leave my house for a few hours and was mentally prepared for something like this, but it looks so odd and I'm very confused.)
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One of the cories is also dead, another seems to be dying, and the third just looks sad
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i think this is a good example of why quarantining fish before putting them in the main tank is so important. im sorry for your loss. i'd remove the remaining corys into a hospital tank and try some kanaplex, otherwise im not really sure what to tell you.

thoroughly sanitize the tank and all decor with a vinegar solution. if you are going to try another betta i'd make sure to have a sponge filter and a betta emergency kit so you arent caught like this again.

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Seachem’s Kanaplex, is a broad spectrum antibiotic, that is easy on beneficial bacteria, but does wonders for most ailments, whether it’s fungal or bacterial.

Seachem’s Paraguard, is an anti-parasitic, and is particularly good for eradicating external parasites, bacterial lesions, and many types of fungi.

Seachem’s Stressguard, isn’t a medication, rather an antiseptic. It’s composite of ions that adhere to wounds, and effectively shields them (like a bandaid). This is an amazing product, especially when dealing with fin rot.

Seachem’s Metroplex is another broad spectrum antibiotic, but it’s particularly useful in eradicating protozoan infections, such as ich.
I'd also make sure to grab some almond leaves.

If you can save the corys, make sure to buy more in the future once they are out of quarantine, because again, corys have to be in groups of 6 or more.

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i think this is a good example of why quarantining fish before putting them in the main tank is so important. im sorry for your loss. i'd remove the remaining corys into a hospital tank and try some kanaplex, otherwise im not really sure what to tell you.

thoroughly sanitize the tank and all decor with a vinegar solution. if you are going to try another betta i'd make sure to have a sponge filter and a betta emergency kit so you arent caught like this again.



I'd also make sure to grab some almond leaves.

If you can save the corys, make sure to buy more in the future once they are out of quarantine, because again, corys have to be in groups of 6 or more.
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