Planted Tank Guru
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
It depends. A community fish in my tank, remove to a QT container and some heat and salted water and hope for the best.
For my GF's betta, a lot. It was just a petstore betta. It got really sick when we first got it, our city had an outbreak of something and our tap water was coming out high ammonia and we weren't using any dechlorinator that removed ammonia, so switched to prime to ride out the water outbreak and he was sick, I treated him with just some salts and a few other things I had laying around.
6 months later, he got bloated, really bad. His scales were starting to raise like dropsy and I thought he was done for but she is realllly attached to him (I am too, he has a personality. lol.) So it was treating him with salt, indian almond leaves, maracyn 2 and 2 other med's from Seachem for parasites and another broad spectrum antibiotic that weren't cheap (as isn't the maracyn 2). I kept treating the water and changing twice a day for a while with no effect and eventually switched foods to a Omega foods spirulina flake (not cheap) and mixing the meds directly into the food. A month later of treatment and his swelling went down, his scales went down and he is more energetic than ever and it's been months now. He eats, swims, blows his bubble nest and even got an upgraded tank from a 2.5 to a 5.5 all by himself.
What did it cost me to save a $4 fish. No idea. Making my GF happy and saving her fish, priceless. lol.
20g platy, , 2 x 10g shrimp, 3 x 20g shrimp, 7.5g shrimp and 1 great dane/mastiff puppy.
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