tap water and sick betta
Q: My adopted fish has velvet and fin rot. I bought him a new tank and treated the water with aquarium salt, stresszyme, aquarisol and chlorine remover (he was living in unchanged tap water) and he seems happier but not healthier. What do I do to save my fish?
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Let us roll up our sleeves and tackle Eden's question. This questions brings to mind quite a few betta related topics which I feel necessary to (once again) address.
PREVENTING IS EASIER THAN HEALING
I said it a zillion times, I will say it again: It is a lot easier, cheaper and more effective to prevent a betta from getting sick, then to healing one that has fallen pray to sickness. Prevention is easy, what would it take you ask?
WHY DO BETTAS ALWAYS GET THE SHORT END OF THE STICK?
I don't think I would be wrong if I claimed that of all ornamental fish, bettas are the ones that get most abused. And if you are not going to agree with me up front, let me swiftly make you change your mind by bringing up the following points:
Because of all above, bettas get purchased by anyone, oftentimes on a whim, and the new betta owner leaves the store with a cheap pet, too small of a jar, no information, no clue as to how to properly care for the fish, the wrong food and oftentimes the wrong water conditioners. Or sometimes, as in above case, no water conditioners at all.
Although bettas are equipped to adapt to adverse conditions (such as small body of water, with low oxygen content), they are not immortal and very quickly, if the water is not kept clean or not treated properly to make it betta safe, the bettas will succumb to many ailments: Fin rot, pop eye, body rot are but a few. Death will follow. :(((((((
Now to answer your question directly. Here is what you need to do:
Live an learn and best of luck with your fish!
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