Planted Tank Obsessed
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Midlothian, Texas
Don't use melafix type stuff....it coats their labyrinth organ. Clean water, 1 tsp salt per gallon. IAL, or oak leaf tea. I used to always say use it, but not any longer. At the dose you have to use for a betta, might as well not use it at all.
I have just recently lost EVERY fish I owned because of rot...no matter how clean I kept them, their fins would just fall off. I treated for fin rot, columnaris, fungas, bacteria...you name it, i treated for it. Finally sent my fish to a lab and it came back as Mycobacterium. Every fish I owned is contaminated. I've killed all my show fish, breeders went into the 75g to live until they show the rot (had 2 fish that their faces started rotting off!!!). All my Peacock Endlers that I got from Ryan have to go (had them for 12 yrs now?), my RCS, all my fish...the still contaminated ones are in my bedroom under HEAVY QT (nothing in, nothing out). I had gotten a spawning pair of Betta rubra (and 21 unrelated just spit fry), had to destroy them (rare betta).
anyway...the reason I'm posting...is be careful!!! Mycos can not be killed with bleach, and it can live "dry" for weeks. I had to get a special cleaner that kills human TB because it has the same cell structure as human TB. wicca27...what you described is what I saw...the rot ate into the belly of one female, and all the way past the peduncle in a male
Life is a Roller Coaster...Enjoy the Ride!!!
Not Nearly Enough Tanks...Not Nearly Enough Room!!!
Breeding and Showing Betta since 2008