I went to WalMart to find a book, and with all the talk about WalMart's fish, I wanted to go over there and find out what the stock looked like at that sure. I wasn't surprised at all with what I found in the tanks. It was what was on the bottom shelf that made me mad.
Stacked to the far side was about 5 or 6 dead bettas in yellow water. In the middle of the shelf were the live ones. Probably 10 or so. Maybe less. The water was clean, but the fish weren't. I picked up a few. Most of them had some kind of fungus (it didn't look like ick...it wasn't as hard as that...it was more like a softish cotton looking stuff). I found two really pretty ones that didn't have any disease (visibly) and I brought them home because I didn't want them to live there anymore (I'm such an activist...). Now, I'm not stupid...I didn't put them in with my other fish.
I bought one of those little betta tank thingies to stick them in as like a hospital room while I treat them. Then one of them is going with my others, and the other one gets his own tank.
Here's my question. I have some ick medicine. It says one teaspoon for every 10 gallons. I barely have these guys in 3 cups each. I may just stick one of them in my 10 for a few days and then switch them. How long should I treat them, or should I even treat if they don't have ick at sight? What else should I be checking them for? And when do you think it would be safe to put one of them in with my guppies?