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Old 12-27-2012, 08:10 AM   #1
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Default Betta has white dots on body

I have a female betta in a community tank. I noticed white spots on the body and she would rub against the decorations and/or plants and isolate herself. Is this a sign of ich/ick? I placed her in her own tank for now. What should I do from here?

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Old 12-27-2012, 08:19 AM   #2
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Yes. Your fish has Ich.
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Old 12-27-2012, 08:22 AM   #3
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i agree ; she has ich..she needs to be in a tank that is heated and filtered..temp should be set at 86 F.........treat with ich meds....
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Old 12-27-2012, 01:49 PM   #4
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If they look like grains of salt, it is ich. Raise the temp to 84 Fahrenheit, add some aquarium salt (as directed on the back of the box) and treat it with methylene blue. Do not use malachite green.
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Originally Posted by Betta man View Post
If they look like grains of salt, it is ich. Raise the temp to 84 Fahrenheit, add some aquarium salt (as directed on the back of the box) and treat it with methylene blue. Do not use malachite green.
Betta man...I'm just curious why you recommend methylene blue rather than malachite green. To be honest, I don't know much about either.
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Old 12-27-2012, 03:10 PM   #6
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Prob different then what your fish has. My guppy had white dots. I did a total water change and all dots went away.
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Old 12-27-2012, 05:26 PM   #7
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Betta man...I'm just curious why you recommend methylene blue rather than malachite green. To be honest, I don't know much about either.
http://www.wetwebmedia.com/malachitegreen.htm

That's why. Very helpful in my opinion. Because I breed bettas, I will not use malachite on my fish at all.
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Old 12-27-2012, 05:31 PM   #8
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Oh, and when you do treat the fish, do not treat the main tank if it can be helped. Remove the sick fish immediately and put it in a hospital tank.
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Your fish has ich. Raise the temp to 84 to 86 degrees. Do not add any salt to your tank. You can treat with malachite green, it doesn't harm the fish. I used Rid-Ich when my halfmoon betta had ich.
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Old 12-27-2012, 09:20 PM   #10
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I did a water test with my API Master Water Test Kit. The pH is a little high and Ammonia level is at 1.0 pph. Nitrite and Nitrate is at 0.

I did a 25% water change and added the following to the water change:
  • Aquarium Salt
  • pH balancer
  • Ick Removal
  • Ammonia leveler
  • Water Conditioner

I also raised the temperature to 86 degrees.

The Betta named Valerie started swimming around as usual but would still hide in the plants.

I hope things get better and will update tomorrow.
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In the past I've done temp increase alone to treat ich. 86F it stops reproducing and at 90F it dies. Do your temp increase SLOWLY & always increase your oxygen while treating since increased temps mean decreased oxygen.

Treat for roughly 7-10 days and do daily partials of at least 25% until the situation has been remedied...be sure to use a quality water conditioner if needed BEFORE adding clean water back to the tank (I personally favor Seachem Prime because I can simply toss it in the tank and refill right away without needing to wait).

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Old 12-28-2012, 04:19 AM   #12
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the only reason i don't use meds with malachite green is because it stains everything... just like methylene blue does..but malachite is far more effective against ich... i use aquari sol because it is far superior to the other meds , treats a number of maladies and doesn't stain the water..but aquari sol is no longer made...one of the major companies bought the formula and stopped making it so folks would buy their own brand of meds that are more expensive..i was fortunate to get a few pints..i have enough to treat about 30,000 gallons so it should last me awhile..
i keep a number of meds on hand...maybe 5 or 6..i don't often use them ; but keep them just in case...
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Old 12-28-2012, 11:03 AM   #13
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Originally Posted by 0828Dawn View Post
In the past I've done temp increase alone to treat ich. 86F it stops reproducing and at 90F it dies. Do your temp increase SLOWLY & always increase your oxygen while treating since increased temps mean decreased oxygen.

Treat for roughly 7-10 days and do daily partials of at least 25% until the situation has been remedied...be sure to use a quality water conditioner if needed BEFORE adding clean water back to the tank (I personally favor Seachem Prime because I can simply toss it in the tank and refill right away without needing to wait).

Good Luck!
Dawn,

Do I just do the 25% Water change? Do I still have to add more of the Ick med or simply just do water change with water conditioner?

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Adding salt is a good idea.
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you can add salt if you desire, I don't (plants)...but yes, you can simply do the daily 25% water change with the conditioner while leaving the temperature up to get rid of the problem.
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