betta has been showing signs of a bacteria infection
or parasites, for over a month. I treated him with a
parasite killer, tetracycline, and maracyn. Nothing
seems to work, what else can it be? He is still eating
but lays at the bottom all day!!! HELP!
A: Ahhhh... Nothing like a really broad question to get my day (and week) started :)). I am afraid you gave me very little to work with Catia. You did not describe any 'visual' symptoms, other than the fact that he is not active. You say he is showing "signs of a bacteria infection or parasites" but did not describes the signs. What signs is he showing? (other than laying at bottom).
If one does not know what is wrong with a betta, how is one to know how to treat it? In other words, if your betta is acting sickly, how can you figure out what's wrong? Usually one of four things could be happening: Your betta could have a bacterial infection, a parasitic infestation (and sometimes both), fungus or poisoning.
The parasitic infestation is the easiest one to spot because it has obvious external signs. So I would check for it it first. Then I would check for fungus (usually also easy to see), then poisoning, then last but not least possible bacterial infections. By the way this check list is not sorted by degree of seriousness or even by degree of probability. It is sorted by degree of obviousness and designed to allow to work from an easy to figure out process of elimination.
The above should
help all of you go down some sort of "check
list" when you are trying to play betta doctor.
It will help you narrow it down and treat with the
proper medication right away. The whole "Let's
try every medication I have in my betta drawer"
approach can do more harm than good because it
stresses out your fish unnecessarily and while you
are trying drugs that won't work, the disease is
progressing and flourishing! So beware. Once you
have properly figured out the problem, you can look
in my betta diseases
section for the right cure.