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post #81 of 94 (permalink) Old 04-25-2019, 03:16 AM
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Oh myco bacteria would be bad news. Very.

I had to look it up, but now I have, I am rooting very hard for it NOT being that.

Sorry you are going through this. And especially sorry for Mercury.

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Oh myco bacteria would be bad news. Very.

I had to look it up, but now I have, I am rooting very hard for it NOT being that.

Sorry you are going through this. And especially sorry for Mercury.
Thanks.

I'm guessing time will tell if it's Myco. Fingers crossed that it's anything but that. I still lean more towards some type of cancer, but I just don't know, and there isn't a fish vet anywhere near me, nor do I have the money to ship him and have him tested by a biology lab. I can't figure out where he would even have come into contact with Myco, unless he came with it.

He's still with me, did I mention I'm dragging my feet.... Maybe if I wait long enough someone will come put him to sleep for me. Yeah right...

On a brighter note, all my other boys seem to be doing just fine. Cinnaber is ruling over his cory cat minions, thank goodness he's a benevolent ruler. Bruiser is working on his bubble nest and waiting for the ladies to show up. Picasso is enjoying having the divider taken out of the 10 gal and is happily exploring the whole tank. Lagniappe is another bubble nest builder and is waiting on the ladies. His tank is on the kitchen counter and he enjoys watching me work in the kitchen.
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My boy Mercury has crossed the bridge. If I never again have to put down one of my betta while he's still eating, still swimming, like Mercury was it's going to be too soon! I know I could have left him be, but I didn't want him to start suffering, his caudal was nearly gone from the unstoppable rot.

Mercury, I'm gonna miss you. You'll always be my little betta troll under the bridge.
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I'm so sorry for your loss. Hopefully he's in a better place now, thank you for having the courage not to let him suffer. <3
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Well, most of the boys are doing very well.

Cinnabar is continuing to gorge himself on the cory cats food so he remains fat, I'm trying to figure out a way to contain him while the cories eat without spooking the cories and causing them to go into hiding and so not eating besides stressing the little things out. There's got to be a way and I'm not not seeing it!

Lagniappe has turned into a real beauty and is full of personality. He's been voted most likely to bite my finger off if only he was bigger!

Picasso is still changing colors and loves having the 10 gal all to himself. His main problem is he was badly bred and seems to have trouble swimming, not to worry though his tank is loaded with plants. I'm thinking of treating him for parasites and see if that helps him gain weight.

Bruiser has me a bit worried, a while back I noticed a grey patch on his tail, and have been keeping an eye on it. It scares the heck out of me because that's exactly how poor Mercury's trouble started. The patch is only on one side of the anal fin and it seems to be growing every so slowly. He also split that fin awhile back and it's not healed at all :'-(. I should also mention that there's what looks like streaks of grey on the other side of his fin. Other then that he's very active, builds bubble nest, has a great appetite, basically he's the same as ever. Knowing better then to jack around with medicine given they did not help Mercury at all, I"m going to try UV sterilization. I read an article where someone is saying that it's what saved his fish from a Myco outbreak. I figure it's worth a shot. Apparently the UV kills off the Myco in the water and gives the fish a chance to fight off the Myco attacking them. This is the unit that I have coming on Monday https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0051C62IQ

Here's the article I read Mycobacteriosis, the Stealth Disease | Details | Articles | TFH Magazine®
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Odd question, with the tank that has Cinnabar in it, do you feed the corys with the lights on? Or do you have a blue light or something you turn on at night?

Bettas hunt by light, so if you have the lights off in the room they are in as well as in the tank, he shouldn't be able to find the corys food. I'm not 100% sure how corys hunt, but I know they are more active at night and when I drop a piece of food on the other side of the tank, they seem to "smell" it out.

My betta also loves to pick at the corys sinking pellets haha, but if I feed when all the lights are dark, he doesn't seem to notice it.

Just a thought, in case you haven't tried that. :)
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Odd question, with the tank that has Cinnabar in it, do you feed the corys with the lights on? Or do you have a blue light or something you turn on at night?

Bettas hunt by light, so if you have the lights off in the room they are in as well as in the tank, he shouldn't be able to find the corys food. I'm not 100% sure how corys hunt, but I know they are more active at night and when I drop a piece of food on the other side of the tank, they seem to "smell" it out.

My betta also loves to pick at the corys sinking pellets haha, but if I feed when all the lights are dark, he doesn't seem to notice it.

Just a thought, in case you haven't tried that. :)
Yep, I've tried feeding them at night. I shut the tank lights off around 7 or 8 PM, and then shut the room lights off so that the only light in the room is from other adjacent rooms. I would then feed the cory cats and if I came back a couple min later and shined a flash light into the tank, there was Cinnabar at the bottom of the then eating the cory cats food.
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Darn, I'm curious, what food to you use for the corys? Maybe its the same as mine and maybe its just super yummy to them haha.

I'm not sure how skittish your corys are, but for me, it helps to feed the betta at the same time on one side of the tank (especially if its something like dropping in a bunch of bloodworms) and then feeding the corys at the same time on the other side. Might help distract the betta haha.

Besides that, if its really an issue, you could either fashion a divider you can put in before feeding them and take out in the morning after, or you could try to net your betta during feeding or put him in a floating hospital tank or something in the main tank. *shrug* that might stress out the betta unnecessarily though.
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Darn, I'm curious, what food to you use for the corys? Maybe its the same as mine and maybe its just super yummy to them haha.

I'm not sure how skittish your corys are, but for me, it helps to feed the betta at the same time on one side of the tank (especially if its something like dropping in a bunch of bloodworms) and then feeding the corys at the same time on the other side. Might help distract the betta haha.

Besides that, if its really an issue, you could either fashion a divider you can put in before feeding them and take out in the morning after, or you could try to net your betta during feeding or put him in a floating hospital tank or something in the main tank. *shrug* that might stress out the betta unnecessarily though.
LOL I tried the feed on the other side of the tank trick. The problem is that the brat has learned that when the cory cats congregate and start searching for food he should search for it to! He's a pig I tell ya I'd feed him, he'd finish his food, then go down to where the cory cats were and start getting their food. The cory cats don't mind him too much, they stay back a bit from him but don't swim off. I've never seen Cinnabar bother them.

I feed the Cories the same thing I feed Cinnabar. They get Fluval bug bites, frozen bloodworms, and frozen brine shrimp. I rotate between the food
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Well the UV sterilizer got here yesterday, and is installed. Hopefully if it's pathogens in the water column that are causing the grey patches on Bruiser's fins it'll kill them off. Then maybe Bruiser's immune system will have a chance to kill off the ones that are in him since he won't be constantly reinfected. At least that's what the guy in the TFH article thinks happened with his tank. I guess time will tell if it works.

I know that technically I should probably put him down because there's a high chance that it's Mycos, but I cannot even get myself to rationally consider it. He's so active and other then the grey patch seems perfectly healthy.

The first picture is Mercury 2 months after the grey patch first appeared on him. The second one is Bruiser and was taken yesterday, the grey patch appeared around a month ago. The similarity is why I'm so worried that whatever took Mercury from me is infecting Bruiser....
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