Well I've done a three day course of esha 2000 and yesterday his eye came down, he was swimming round his tank again and ate something for the first time in days. This morning I come down and he's laying on the gravel, breathing heavily again and his other eye is swelling yesterday was day three so I'm giving him another day of esha today - is there anything else I can do for him??
My Betta has been a bit blue for a few days but this morning has the start of what seems to be pop eye and redness, photo attached.
80l tank with rcs and snails as the only other occupants.
28? water results 0,0,10
He's a year and a half or so old.
Can anyone recommend a snail and shrimp safe treatment that may help? I prefer to treat the whole tank rather than stress him by moving him to a hospital tank or meth blue dips as he's already very depressed and off his food.
Thanks Suzy, he's so little and sweet feeling quite depressed this morning as have woken to a nitrite spike minicycle misery prime, water changes, and some lovely advice from Fishlady will hopefully see it over in a few days.
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Just want to show off my new little pal, a beautiful little plakat, his parents were wild caught but he is the first spawn from them and the breeder who lives a few miles down the road is hoping to keep the line going. He's quite a little character, was brown and stress striped when he arrived but has coloured up very well in less than 24 hours
I've got vallis and crypts in my tank, stuck a layer of specialist planting substrate under my gravel, got minimal light in there and haven't dosed with ferts or liquid carbon in a looooong time. They both grow really well and spread but not so fast I can't control them. I would say a once a year thinning out would suffice, depending on how you wanted your tank to look. So easy to grow. I also split open a moss ball and tied it to bogwood, and got a few moss balls to drift around for some greenery in the lower tank. Super easy.
Just more antiquated advice by the sounds of it as I think when under gravel filters were the norm then the bacteria would grow there but even then, they stick like glue to whatever media they grow on from my understanding.
It's so frustrating that fish are essentially treated this way. People would be horrified if someone kept a dog in a cage, but a fish is something of little value to most people, sad.
Definitely give the gravel a really good vac, stick the syphon right into the gravel and dig around until the water coming out looks clean and not gunky, I don't think it's possible to over clean gravel. Does sound like there might be a bit much in there too, I think four cm is the 'normal depth to have, you could always scoop some out, with the added benefit that you'd be able to fit more water in the tank with less gravel. Good luck with them, they sound like tough little fish but I doubt they'd still be here if you hadn't have been caring for them as you have.
I've attached a photo of the density of planting in 72 litres of water that I needed to keep nitrate levels at 10 with one betta. I used RO water so the nitrates were 0 when it went in and the water stabilised and remained at 10 between changes. There are crypts and vallis, LOTS of them as you can see, and big plants too.