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  • Posted on: 4/5/2014 8:17
Re: When to euthanise. ..... #31
Well I decided to do the deed this morning after he only ate one pellet of food and hung there. Got everything ready, could I catch the little swine?! Obviously got a bit of fight left in him, and seems counter productive to a stress free passing, he survives another day. I know any fish with any life in them is going to resist capture, but he seems determined enough for the moment.


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  • Posted on: 3/5/2014 15:03
Re: When to euthanise. ..... #32
Thanks FL, he's done well especially given the state he was in when I got him, and that he was probably mass farmed in an antibiotic soup. He's had a decent life in a decent sized track but my gut feeling is it's probably time. If he's hanging at the top of the tank only moving for food that can't be much of a life bless him.


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  • Posted on: 3/5/2014 14:41
When to euthanise. ..... #33
Afternoon all,

As the title suggests, I'm after some advice as to when to euthanise a fish;

My 2.5/3 year old Betta recently developed fin rot and whitespot, I treated him for both, whitespot went, finrot stopped getting worse but his fins haven't regrown.

He'd still been begging for food and eating it, but today when I went to feed him he was laying at the bottom of the tank breathing a bit heavily, and eventually came to the top and ate one pellet and that was it. He's now hanging vertically at the surface, a position he's rarely moved from in the last couple of weeks.

He's definitely lost condition and weight and I think the time is near for him, but does anyone have any advice as to when is the right time to help him on his way?

Thanks as always


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  • Posted on: 23/4/2014 8:57
Re: Betta and whitespot caused by cold water temperature? #34
Morning,

I'm just after confirmation of my suspicions that fish may just be getting old which could be causing his symptoms.

The whitespot has cleared but left what look like flat grey spots, the same as the 'age' spots he has. He developed two fluffy dots on his head which looked fungal, and which also cleared and left grey dots after myxazin. His fin rot, whilst not worsening, has not improved.

He's eating fine, but moves less each day, does it sound like a case of keeping him comfortable? Water results are 0,0,10-20 and temperature stable.

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  • Posted on: 12/4/2014 9:05
Re: Betta and whitespot caused by cold water temperature? #35
well, his tail looks about the same this morning, there are no additional spots, the ones he has are looking less white and pronounced and he's a lot more feisty, all good signs I hope....


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  • Posted on: 11/4/2014 18:17
Re: Betta and whitespot caused by cold water temperature? #36
I've treated him in the main tank, going to keep an eye on the finrot as I've got some Myxazin (sp.?) so will run carbon on Monday and treat with that Tuesday, if it get's any worse by the morning i'll put him in the hospital tank and treat him with esha 2000 and exit, and carry on treating the main tank with exit - does that make sense?


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  • Posted on: 11/4/2014 16:46
Re: Betta and whitespot caused by cold water temperature? #37
Thank you Fishlady, I'm a muppet reading your reply I know this, just can't think clearly at the moment! Going to have to sort a hospital tank for him I think, I've got a lot of ramshorn snails (which I like and want in the tank!) and the last thing I need at the moment is an ammonia spike and game of 'hunt the corpse' if the 2000 kills the snails :-s

It always feels so mean putting him in a hospital tank, especially now he's lived in a big heavily planted tank for so long, poor boy!

EDIT: and thanks for mentioning the heater, didn't cross my mind to check that. I've got the new light bulb so will put that in now and see how he's doing


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  • Posted on: 11/4/2014 10:45
Betta and whitespot caused by cold water temperature? #38
Hi all,

The bulb in my tank went a couple of days ago and due to my daughter being poorly I'm only managing to get out today for a replacement.

This morning at feed time I noticed that my Betta has whitespot down one side, maybe four or five spots in all, and his tail has fin rot and has rapidly shrunk since yesterday morning

Everything seems good in the tank water wise, Amm 0, Nitrite 0 Nitrate 10-20 but I did a water change anyway, BUT, when I checked the temp it was down to 25 and I usually keep it at 27-28 for him - when I lifted the tank lid to check the heater and filter the heater was not submerged in the water properly and something had restricted the flow of the filter. I didn't find any big lumps of anything but it's probably nearly a month since I gave the filter compartments a syphon down to the bottom and there was a lot of gunk in it. Anyway, its clear now, mercifully the heater is still working so I'm slowly raising the temp or the tank again.

SO, he is knocking on a bit now, over two, could age in combination with the cooler water have triggered it?....do I dose him with Exit or wait to see if the fresh warm water helps him? At what point do I decide it won't and dose the tank?

Thanks in advance,

Emma


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  • Posted on: 13/3/2014 10:21
Re: Filling up aquarium with Pure RO. #39
I'm getting deja vu reading this, I had exactly the same issues trying to mix RO and tap, I'm in Essex too, and it just never worked for the same reasons. I remineralise pure RO now and it's not as much of a pain as I thought. Plus my tap water pH fluctuates on a regular basis between 7 and 8 so in the long run it's probably saved me a lot of messing around each water change.


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  • Posted on: 4/3/2014 14:29
Re: Weird creepy looking fish #40
I'd looove a puffer fish, the sweetest fish I ever saw was a little baby long horned cow fish, just the most interactive little animal, it's what got me interested in fish. I was strongly considering a tank of dwarf puffers but I think my pH 8 super hard tap water would be too much for them and I don't want to go down the RO route with my big tank.



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