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bettaqueen

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  1. I am so sorry you baby died. Ich is pretty relentless and spreads and kills fast if not treated soon enough. I lost three pearlscales a couple years ago to it. I layed down for a nap one Sunday afternoon and when I woke up they were covered with ich and died the next day. Sorry again for you loss
  2. I have heard you can use kosher salt or pickling salt too . which you might be able to get over there. Just do not, and I repeat do not use table salt because it has a caking agent in it that will kill your fish.
  3. if you get the Dr.Wellfish ( they sell it at wally*world and lfs ) for a couple dollars. comes in a package like a milk carton . It has the dosages on the side of the carton. A higher temp and the salt will work. The higher temp helps speed up the cycle of the ick and it's eggs. I had goldies with it and a week or the salt and higher temps cleared it up.
  4. bettaqueen

    Need Suggestion

    yes they are . I caught him doing it a couple times.
  5. bettaqueen

    Need Suggestion

    they do it out of stress. I had one that did it. Most bettas like attention . I had my tailbitters 2 gallon tank on the nightstad and he would constantly bite his tail. I would get it healed up and he would bite it again. I figured out my being so close to the tank being on my nightstand was freaking him out. So I moved him across the room and he quit biting his tail
  6. wow he is such a cuite. I love pearlies. I have two myself. An all white one and a a orange and white one like your baby. I think pearls are so cute. I love watching them swimming and wiggling their little bums as they go. I know you already have a name but the name " Peachy" came to me when I was looking at his pic
  7. meds do not usually turn water acidic to my knowledge. if you had a betta in this type of container it would be hard to medicate him if he became ill because of the small size of the container. As I mentioned you have to do daily water changes with something this small and I don't think bettas are too happy in such a confined space, not much room to swim in.
  8. bettaqueen

    Need Suggestion

    it might if it is glass. I do not know how plastic would work . you could try
  9. bettaqueen

    Need Suggestion

    I tried that . Does not work well. Best idea is to put him or her in a clear water glass or beanie box with water in it.
  10. imao not a good permanant home for a betta. Might be o.k. to put him if you want to put him in a seperate container while cleaning his tank but not a good permanant place to live. I had one of my first bettas in one of those and he did not live long. the water quality goes bad in them quickly unless you do a complete water change daily. Really too small in my opinion.
  11. I love prime too. It is hard to find sometimes. But I have found it only at Pet-smart. So if you have one of these big chains stores near you, you might be in luck
  12. It is o.k. to use betta fix with fin rot. I have done it a few times with success. however it is important to keep the water pristine . Bad water quailty can add to fin rot. So can the betta bitting it's own tail which I have owned a coupel who did this. Betta fix is melafix in betta sized doses. It contains tea tree oil amoung other ingredients. I have used it successfully before for fin rot however it takes times for the damaged fins to grow back in.
  13. I second that. I had little terra pots in my setup and the bettas loved to go in there and hide. If you can not locate one during this time of year you could put something like a shot glass on it's side for them to hide in. Also you can try live or silk plants and moving you plants around to different locals in the tank. If you do get a tank ornament which make great hidey holes , make sure that it had no sharp edges . you can arrange the plants to make a hidey place if you put one or two of them along the back wall of the tank. Leave a little room for the betta to swim behind it.
  14. also if you get tank like that you will still need a lid or a hood. Bettas are known as jumpers and I have heard many of stories of bettas jumping out of the tank and their owners coming home to find them dried up on the floor. I have also heard stories of them jumping from unlidded containers during water changes
  15. It might. I have heard of using epsom salt with extreme constipation, but I would not go that route yet. Try the fasting and a pea if you can get him to eat. Also did you change anything - like move is tank around, change the amount of light coming into his tank, put him in eyeshot of another fish?
  16. bettaqueen

    Need Suggestion

    lot of my freinds suggest putting the betta in a beanie babie box ( a clear glass filled with water will do well) in daylight or under indoor light. They supposedly photograph better that way versus taking pics of them in the tank
  17. bettaqueen

    Sudden Deaths

    it depends. It is about the same as a male betta. Depends where you got them from and how they are cared for. I have heard anything from 1 year to 5 years. If you got her from a store then she is probably already close to a year old when you get her. How long they live depends on how well you treat them -water quality, size of tank etc as with any other fish. I had one someone gave me that was 3 1/2 years old ( a male) when I gave him away to a friend he was still thriving.
  18. bettaqueen

    Sudden Deaths

    were all the bellies on the fish swollen? Could be overfeeding or could be that they were constipated. They could have contracted a bacterial disease the fungus eliminator did not treat. Could have been a tumor or they could have been egg bound if female.could be a number of things . Sorry about the loss of your fish. I had a couple grow tumors and die including one goldfish that had one. Maybe they had an illness when you got them since you said they were rescues. I would try dome betta fix ( melafix in betta sized doses) it could not hurt.
  19. Could be a number of things. First when you do a water change do you make sure the temp of the new water is the same temp as the water in the tank that you are exchanging it for. You might of shocked him a little with water that was a touch cooler than what he was in when you did the water change. 78 degrees is not bad for a betta . My breeder freinds keep them at 82 degrees during the time they are breeding only. Don't let the temp go below 72 degrees.Another possibilty is he could be constipated. If you suspect this you might try fasting him or her for a couple days . you can try feeding him a pea that has been deshelled if he will eat it to aid in elimination. I could never get my bettas to eat a pea but you could try because others on this site say theirs will eat it. Is his fins or tail ragged or do you see any signs of illness on him like white patches or spots? Or a gold fleck like appaerence to him? Also how big is th container he is in and is it filtered? If it is under 3 gallons you should be doing complete water changes every 3 days if the tank is unfiltered.
  20. yeah what Beany said is right. If you do plan on getting new tanks and then adding the snails to them the cuttle bone you mentioned you can pick up at the pet store is fine for them. I had snails in with my betta when I had one. i used the bird cuttle bone for their calcium when I had them. They love to crawl on the cuttle bone an munch. you can also get plain calcium tablets ( with no vitamin d in it and put in in there instead of the cuttle)Keep in mind snails are big poopers. Yes they will lay eggs and reproduce but if you do not want any more snails you just pitch the egg clutch when you see one. Also apple snails can grow up to 3 inches across and there should only be one snail to each 2.5 gallons of water. The website mentioned above is great for info
  21. I did some web surfing and found an aquarium place in Scotland. I don't know if it will be of any help but check out this link http://www.uda.co.uk/index.htm
  22. Thanks Cometgirl. I tried looking at the chart for St. Louis City it said page not found, but I am pretty sure that St. Louis probably puts Chloramines in the water especially since we had flooding here this summer ( surrounding areas flooded as well as the Mississippi River near flood stage- I hear they add extra chemicals then). I have heard of betta freinds also collecting rain water which probably would be good as well except for high industrial areas like big cities where you have acid rain
  23. thanks Dan. I did break down and go to Wally world and ended up getting some aqua safe by tetra. Not as cool as prime but had a couple dollars left of my gift card I got for my birthday. I know some bettabreeders who put water out to set but I have never tried it myself, what you say makes sense
  24. Ran out of prime and other dechlorinators I use and probably will not be able to got out and get more before I change the tank water. If I set a couple of buckets of water out with a towel over them , how long do you think I should let them set before using them for a water change
  25. The scrubbies worked but the weave on them was a litte to compact. I was cleaning the tank recently and looked at the algae scrubber sponge and found it was similar the scrubbie pad but a loser weave and thicker. I cut it to size to fit the filter and it is working great for the mechanical filter and then the biowheel does the rest. I have been using it for a couple weeks and it seems to work great and all I have to do is rinse it out in dirty tank water when I do a water change
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