Due to a divorce and moving about, I had to trust a friend to take care of my three bettas. Mistake. Months later, I went to get them and my white betta is now completely black and most of his fins are gone. Apparently, she didnt notice. I scrubbed his tank to remove all the algae that she let build up, treated his water, upped his salt level and gave him Melafix in small doses to hopefully ease his pain. Its been a week, and ive seen massve improvement in his attitude, hes such a happy wiggley fish who has always had a ferocious appetite. Ive noticed some shine coming back to his body as well, but we arent rid of the rot yet. I did a 100% water change on all three today and stopped the medicine, but Im not sure what to do next. Ive had 55s, brackish, freshwater communities, you name it, Ive had it, and I keep up with my fish so sadly, luckily but sadly, Ive never encountered anything like this, just an outbreak of ick every now and then. What should I do? Im desperate to save him because hes undoubtedly my favorite, but Im nervous to go in too strong with meds or salt and halt what progress hes made.
Try maracyn two. When my bettas developed what I thought to be incurable fin rot another betta keeper recommended I use mardel maracyn two. I had to do two full treatments but once the second treatment was done my boys had new growth showing and full color again. One recently passed from another boy jumping the divider and injuring him badly. The other boy is in his own 5 gallon and is as feisty as ever LoL! I hope you rescued your boy quickly enough to cure him.
Ive debated going for maracyn. Ive read you shouldnt use one without the other, is that true? I bought jungle life guard but i havent used it yet, im hesitant even though ive heard good things. Im very leery about fish medicines they either perform miracles or murders. My hesitation is due to the severity. It is HORRIBLE how badly hes covered in this. Thanks so much for your input, ill have to run to the petstore tomorrow, unfortunately Im trapped at home today waiting for a bed delivery
You don't have to use both together. I used maracyn two on its own when salt didn't change anything. I haven't tried the jungle stuff you have so I can't comment there. I'm very hesitant about fish meds too but had excellent results on my boys with maracyn two. Your boy's color change looks like it may be because he has the marble gene and has changed color as he's matured. I bought a white with blue marbling plakat and six months later he is completely blue. You would never guess he is the same fish I purchased. The fin rot is definitely not normal on your boy though.
Alright, Im definitly going to try the maracyn. I have been asked if he changed colors, but he had been the same coloring for two years and then suddenly all black but his face? Id hope that would be all it is on his body but it seems odd to happen two years later, or does that happen that late in their lives? Truly, thank you so much for your input. Ive been scanning the internet for a week but it helps when you can see the pictures and tell me what you think.
I've been told marbles can change color throughout their lives. Mine went blue and hasn't changed since but he isn't quite a year old yet. Your photos were a little blurry but I think it's just a color change if the scales look good. I'll see if I can find a before and after of my boys color change.
Thats crazy! I hope thats all it is. I mean, it sucks because he was gorgeous but id rather him be healthy and a different color than sick all over. Yeah, I apologize for the blurry pictures they were all I had or could take with my ipad, better pictures are on my laptop, which is god knows where.
LoL! Bettas are hard to photograph so I completely understand. Took me forever but here's the pics of my boy. He won't stop dancing when he realizes his picture is being taken so it's more blurt than I'd like but you can see the color change.
Wow! Hes gorgeous! Yes mine show off for the camera too, especially my sick half moon. Well, my hopes are higher now knowing that he probably changed colors instead of having body rot so thank you so much for that relief! Ill get maracyn two tomorrow, ill be sure to post the results
My male half moon has the same markings maybe they are related
OMG! that seems pretty bad
keep adding the salt and cleaning his tank. try feeding him more food to keep his strength up. Also in fourm your friend about this and ask her/him if she added anything to his aquarium
p.s. BEAUTIFUL BETTA! check out my crowntail
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