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  1. TotallyTropical

    Melafix Hoax?

    I agree the testing is rather slim; I'm actually hoping to go into honors at my university and do a thesis on this with anabantoids. Some fish may be more susceptible to the medication than others as well, or could have been fighting a pathogen already but have not yet shown symptoms. I don't...
  2. TotallyTropical

    Melafix Hoax?

    Small containers? Still sounds like an overdose to me. What size of container was used versus what was dosed? (The tank that the watered down dosage was made in and dosage of that as well) The article about Melafix toxicity in fish that I posted (this one) actually confirmed that it is...
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    Melafix Hoax?

    Hello everyone! (wow, I'm back? :oops:) After (almost) finishing the first semester of year 2 in my aquaculture studies at Dalhousie, I've found I've learned more about finfish and shellfish than I've bargained for, and a notable subject has crossed my path while caring for my own fish that I...
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    Food Options

    Soaking the pellets seems to have worked!! And here I was overreacting over nothing haha. Guess I’ve got a lot of leftover flakes now... I think I will. They’re easy to get around here and good quality.
  5. TotallyTropical

    Food Options

    I don’t know how to explain it, but he acts (for the most part) fine around most foods, but when it comes to pellets he wiggles a bit in front of it and then completely misses it 9 times out of 10. Even if it grazes his mouth, it won’t make it in. Perhaps I take that back then, rather than...
  6. TotallyTropical

    Food Options

    He struggles with pellets though. It looks like something neurological almost? I can try just feeding him the pellets, but what if he doesn’t eat the pellets for a week or more?
  7. TotallyTropical

    Food Options

    Hello, it’s me again So things are going well with James! He’s eating (sort of, hence the need for a post), swimming lots, sometimes flaring, just looking 100% better overall! He loves his new 5.5gal like his buddy Marmalade has. The only issue is the food. He wasn’t eating pellets while I was...
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    Heavy Breathing Betta

    Well, bad news; I tried the bigger pellets and he’s acting the same, so I don’t feel comfortable bringing him back to the store. Good news: guess who’s picking up another 5.5g gallon to cycle so he can stay? :p I think i convinced my family that taking care of 3 bettas isn’t as bad as it...
  9. TotallyTropical

    Heavy Breathing Betta

    I just think that it takes the fish way more flakes to get the same nutrition as one pellet, but I do see your point. I think flakes are a fine diet for fish who can eat them, though I see why pellets are a better choice in bettas and goldfish because I've heard that they swallow a lot more air...
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    Heavy Breathing Betta

    Current parameter readings say that ammonia is at 0.5-1ppm, nitrite is at 0.25-0.5ppm, and nitrate is between 0–5ppm. I’m going to do a 50% water change to reduce ammonia and nitrite, but to also avoid doing the wrong thing in case 100% water changes are a no-go. I don’t think this “tank” will...
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    Heavy Breathing Betta

    I do take him out of the tank and put him in a seperate container, but i re-acclimate him to the new water every time I re-introduce him. I can stop this if it seems like a bad idea, but I haven’t seen any adverse effects so far; he seems fairly “happy”, as in not very stressed, and swims around...
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    Heavy Breathing Betta

    Got a pellet down him this morning, left it at that. Came back from work this afternoon, fed him a bit of flakes, did a 100% water change (I’m doing 100% every 2 days because I’m unsure whether or not the tank is cycled, especially at such a small size. I’ll leave it alone and check parameters...
  13. TotallyTropical

    Heavy Breathing Betta

    The crunching sound isn’t constant, and I haven’t heard it since, so maybe I’m just imagining things. He’s breathing normally from the looks of things, if just a bit heavily, but he’s really active for such a long-finned betta. Another question I had though was could I temporarily feed flakes to...
  14. TotallyTropical

    Heavy Breathing Betta

    Even when he doesn’t have a pellet to chomp on? He’s doing this when he’s breathing at the surface too. It doesn’t quite sound like something’s wrong with the filter, it sounds more like he’s just crunching up a pellet, but twice as loud and even when I haven’t fed him. I have no clue what else...
  15. TotallyTropical

    Heavy Breathing Betta

    Alright, some good news, but also some worrying news. Good news: I can (sometimes) get James to eat whole pellets now! He must be feeling much better with more food in him. I’m not feeding more than 2 pellets once in the morning and once in the evening, removing what he cant eat, which brings me...
  16. TotallyTropical

    Heavy Breathing Betta

    I did try that, but it got really messy. Maybe that’s all I can do for now though
  17. TotallyTropical

    Heavy Breathing Betta

    James is still doing well, but I’m still stuck on feeding. I’ve tried pellets, smaller pellets, frozen bloodworms, and frozen brine shrimp (the last 2 defrosted, of course). The small pellets almost seem good enough for him to eat, but they sink for some reason and get lost, or he has trouble...
  18. TotallyTropical

    Heavy Breathing Betta

    I think he’s just a super delta, but wow, yours is stunning! I do have one of those betta leaf hammocks for him to rest on, but I’ll get some hornwort in there or something so he can be comfy while I have him. It’s going to be a shame to return him to the store, but I promised my coworkers and...
  19. TotallyTropical

    Heavy Breathing Betta

    It’s hard to get a good picture of him, but I’ve attached 2 of what I can get. His belly isn’t distended or anything, but his swimming is still off. And I’ve read up on epsom salt baths before, but I’ll certainly do a refresher by looking on here before I attempt anything ( if I even need to), I...
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