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    I went on vacation for 2 weeks and left my aquariums in the care of a neighbor, who was instructed to feed them pre-made piles of food every 2-3 days. Somehow, my betta never got fed for 2 weeks because my neighbor got confused (although he fed the other 2 tanks just fine). Anyway, I doubt a skinnier fish is alive right now as this thing is almost all spine. In addition, his eyes are a little cloudy and he is having trouble seeing. I'm not sure if this is a bacterial infection and I should medicate the tank, or if it's a symptom of him being extremely underweight. I don't want to medicate an already weak fish, ya know? I've been home for a week and he is eating well (feeding him 3-4x a day until he gains weight & spot cleaning tank due to extra feeding). He is also already a ton more active than he was when I first got home, but his poor eyesight is making me worry.

    So basically my question is: How do I get him back in top shape? And should I medicate?


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    **Medications I have on hand are aquarium salt and Maracyn II.

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    He is blind as a result of bacterial infection that occurred under a stressful situation of not being fed.

    You can use Kordon's methylene blue or Seachem Paraguard on the fish to treat the cloudy eyes, and it will not make it weaker. The best way is to use either medication is in a bath for 30 minutes everyday for 1 week. Waiting longer could make the cloudy eyes more permanent.

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    So sorry that you've returned home to find this situation.
    Best wishes that you can heal your poor Betta.

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    Thanks for the advice and good wishes guys. I'm going to the store now to find the right meds. Hopefully it clears up soon!

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    I couldn't find either of the meds you recommended, so I used Maracyn II after looking online that people had used it for similar symptoms. However, my fish is worse looking after a few days. In addition to cloudy eyes and being very skinny, he's also got white stringy feces and a bunch of his scales have fallen off. None of the scales are raised as if he had dropsy, but they still have fallen off. His appetite is still 10/10 and he is moving around decently considering how sick he appears. He does, however, sleep more often and clamp his tail a bit. Should I continue Maracyn II or order another med online?

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    I would suggest using an antibacterial med admistered internally if he's eating well (lace his food with antibiotics). I've used kanamycin (Kanaplex) to lace the food. It's also a very soluable med and you can add it to the tank water as well. Most often white, stingy poop points to parasitic attacks, as you might know too though. The missing scales could be a result of the fish squeezing into a hiding spot or simply rubbing against aquarium decor and gravel from irratation. Could still be parasitic.

    Do you have a picture of your betta? Which antibiotic meds are available to you?
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    I also soak pellets in garlic, especially when laced with meds, it improves the tastiness and has is own benefits, especially with parasite issues. There's a product called 'Guarlic Guard' if you prefer to use products made for aquarium use.

    If you do choose to switch up the med, just make sure to do a good water change first, add carbon if you wish to remove the current med.

    I hope someone who knows more can help too!
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    Quote Originally Posted by angelcraze2 View Post
    I would suggest using an antibacterial med admistered internally if he's eating well (lace his food with antibiotics). I've used kanamycin (Kanaplex) to lace the food. It's also a very soluable med and you can add it to the tank water as well. Most often white, stingy poop points to parasitic attacks, as you might know too though. The missing scales could be a result of the fish squeezing into a hiding spot or simply rubbing against aquarium decor and gravel from irratation. Could still be parasitic.

    Do you have a picture of your betta? Which antibiotic meds are available to you?
    I'd recommend ordering from Amazon. I find most material on there to be cheaper, you're not limited, and you can in many cases get next-day delivery.

    ...Except for API's General Cure. That was MUCH cheaper through Foster and Smith.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Naiad View Post
    I couldn't find either of the meds you recommended
    I got my meth blue online. I think ebay. It's not legal in my country for sale. Search Kordon's methylene blue.
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    Oops, just saw Kit's post. It might have been amazon....
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