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  1. I have a guppy that I'm pretty sure has ammonia/nitrite poisoning. I've been doing 50% water changes everyday for two days (so far) with prime conditioner. I think he's injured, but I'm not sure which would be better to treat him with: methylene blue, (just) aquarium salt, or something like Maracyn. I first saw methylene blue for ammonia burn on YT by Luke's Goldies, but I've seen other people treating it with aquarium salt. I also read a review on aquarium co-op that says that they used Maracyn and it helped their fish that had ammonia burn. I'm not sure which to choose or if there's something better to treat this with. I'm also not sure if I should follow the instructions on the package, an article by Spruce Pets, or Luke's treatment. Luke's is about half of a 5 gallon bucket of water with 1 tablespoon of salt per gallon and 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of methylene blue per gallon. Then put the fish in the bucket for 30 minutes, then return the fish back to the tank and repeat once daily until they appear better. The article's recommendation has two treatment options with one being for a longer period of time or a dip. The first treatment is pretty close to Luke's, but doesn't include the aquarium salt. I'm not sure if I should do the dip because it lists the dip as helping with those that have cyanide poisoning and I'm worried about the dip being too much for my guppy to handle: Add 1 teaspoon (5 ml) of 2.303% Methylene Blue per 10 gallons of water. This produces a concentration of 3 ppm. Continue the treatment for 3 to 5 days. Make a water change and replace the filter media at the conclusion of the treatment. Article dip recommendation: "You can also use Methylene Blue as a dip for treating fish with... those suffering from cyanide poisoning" Prepare a nonmetallic container of sufficient size to contain the fish to be treated by adding water similar to the original aquarium water. Add 5 teaspoons (24.65 ml) per 3 gallons of water. This produces a concentration of 50 ppm. It is not recommended that the concentration be increased beyond 50 ppm. Place fishes to be treated in this solution for no longer than 10 seconds. Return fish to the original aquarium. If it is best to use Maracyn, how should I dose? I was thinking of following the aquarium co-op dosage used for Maracyn: add 1 packet of Maracyn per 10 gallons. After 1 week has passed, change out 30% of the water in the aquarium. Resume feeding the fish, keep the water quality high, and watch for any change in symptoms. If you have very weak fish, it may be easier on their bodies to space out the treatment. Bacterial infections are the most common, so use Maracyn first for a week, but I don't know what to do if the symptoms change. What do I do if the fish gets better or worse? What do I do after 1 week? For the aquarium salt, I would get a hospital tank for the fish as I do not notice the other fish in the tank having anything wrong. I would then follow the instructions on https://www.aquariumcoop.com/blogs/aquarium/aquarium-salt-for-sick-fish to treat the guppy, but I'm not sure if this is appropriate treatment for him. I'm mostly not sure because this is my first tank and my guppy is small and has been exposed to the substance for a bit (I just posted about his condition yesterday if you would like more info). Luke's treatment is used to treat pretty large goldfish and includes aquarium salt, which I'm kind of worried about because my fish is a little bit weak from the ailment and might get overwhelmed from the treatment because of his size and the saltiness of the water (he is also a drama queen and is pretty reactive to stressful situations). The Spruce Pets website says that it's vet approved, but I don't know if I should go for the dip or a longer treatment time, because the fish is small and weak. Or if I should just follow the treatment recommendation according to the instructions on whatever methylene blue package I purchase.
  2. Today I transferred 10 fish from a one month quarantine tote to the display tank but upon viewing them through glass, 2 are clearly sick. Does this look like fungus or something else? One fish is affected on the body and another has a spot on the head. During quarantine they had paracleanse followed by Level 2 salt.
  3. Nicolem

    Sick Betta

    I rescued a betta from a neighbor that left it behind when he moved. I had it in a 5 gallon planted tank with a heater and sponge filter and all was well. My water parameters were just right. Then I moved him to a 10 gallon because I read they like more space. After that move, even though the water parameters were still good he got fin rot. It progressed quickly and he now looks like the photo shown (not only fin rot but fungus on body and gills). I went by Aquarium coop's suggestion of a 1 tablespoon aquarium salt to 1 gallon water treatment for the condition. All plants were removed first. I am on day 3 of this salt treatment and he is no better. He still is eating so I have hope for him. The ammonia went up to between 0 and .25 when I removed the plants. My question is this: Should I wait and see if he improves in the salt treatment or should I switch to the trio of meds that Aquarium coop recommends for this condition (Maracyn, Ick-x, Paraguard) and remove the high salt and put my plants back in? I don't want him to decline further.
  4. Hello, we are new to the hobby and finally adding some plants to our 20 gallon tank. I know aquarium salt is bad for plants BUT we already have aquarium salt in our tank (we add aquarium salt with every water change). Do I need to do a water change to remove some of the aquarium salt before I plant our new plants? Or will they be safe and okay? THANKS!☺️
  5. Just wondering What treatments have you tried and what and has and hasn't worked for you when treating fin rot in your betta and do you think Betta are more susceptible to fin rot than other types of fish
  6. To state for the record, this is about a platy (or possibly swordtail) that actually belongs to one of my good friends, and who, although has many many more years than I do of experience in fishkeeping, has been like the luckiest hobbyist I know, for the fact that she has really not ever had to deal with any sort of illnesses in her tanks! Tank size- 30g Cycled approx 5 weeks (used filter media, plants and substrate from long established 55g tank) Temp- 75-77°F pH- 8 Ammonia- 0 Nitrite- 0 Nitrate- 20-40 Also using crushed coral as kh/buffer And there are only 2 other fish (both are swordtails) in the tank with the one I'm posting about (so 3 fish total) I have on hand (and am giving her) Maracyn 2 for the medication aspect of treatment - however, of the 3 levels of aquarium salt treatment, I am unsure as to which to recommend?? The platys/swordtails tail, over the course of 2 weeks, is now gone. Dorsal fin seems to be now also deteriorating, from what I could see in the video she sent me. Pics aren't the greatest - apologies - the last 3 are screenshots taken from the video. Thanks in advance!
  7. I have a fish in my tank with some sort of mild bacteria or fungal infection but I don't have any fish medication other than ich medication. I found that I had a container of sea salt(no additives)that I could add to the tank. I have read aquarium co-op's blog about aquarium salt and it said 1tbs/3gal is safe for nearly all fish. But I also have 1 mystery snail and many live plants. Can someone tell me what level of dosage will be safe?
  8. Is it recommended to add API Aquarium salt with every water change or add salt only for treatment? is there any cheaper version of API Aquarium salt?
  9. Hello, I currently have a 5 gallon and 10 gallon planted display tanks, and I am setting up a 55 gallon display, 5.5 gallon fish quarantine and 2.5 gallon plant quarantine. The 5.5 will only have plastic plants so I can treat fish before adding them to a main tank. Is aquarium salt a good over all treatment for fungal, bacterial, and parasitic infections? How much would you recommend using? Have read 1tbsp per 10gallons and 1tbsp per 5 gallons. Also, are there certain fish or inverts I should use aquarium salt on? Ive heard mixed this about thia too.
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