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Had Velvet: what to do about tank, help please

My Betta Sammie had Velvet. I removed him from his tank a few weeks ago and treated him in a hospital tank. Last week, I thought he was finally recovered from it so I put him back in his main tank. He relapsed and the parasite entered his gills. I moved him back to the hospital on Monday. He died last night.

Question: what about the main tank? There are only snails and shrimp in there. I read that Velvet will eventually die without a fish host. Can I wait and get fish after awhile? Should I somehow nuke the tank and start over. Should I only raise shrimp and snails?

I miss Sammie already and hope I can eventually replace him, but Velvet is such a nasty parasite, I don't want to see another fish have to struggle with it.
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I read that Velvet dies 24 hours after it becomes free swimming. So...maybe one would be safe if they wait a month to add a fish?

Any thoughts? Anyone?
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I've never personally had to deal with Velvet. Here's a really good and well-researched article containing treatment options, however: http://skepticalaquarist.com/oodinium





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Thank you for the article. It explains how the Velvet killed him. Nasty stuff. I did everything in the article over the course of three months. Sammie got to the point where he seemed better, but it must have still been on and in him. I made the mistake of stopping treatment and I put him in his old tank. Within days, it went back into his gills and killed him.
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Sorry he didn't make it.

I'd probably wait a very long time before restocking that tank, if you don't want to break it down and sterilize it.





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I'm thinking you are right.

There are currently two very relieved Amano shrimp and three happy nerita snails who would like to avoid ever seeing a Betta again residing there. So I may leave things the way they are for as long as I can stand it.

Strange disease. From what I read, it seems to need a fish host. It shouldn't bother my inverts. I may eventually convert it to a shrimp tank.
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