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I have this Betta that I'm almost certain now has internal parasites, but I'm SO confused about using metro+. Do I stick it directly in her normal tank or do I give her baths with it? If so how much metro+ do I add for a gallon of water, also does this med hurt the BB? Sorry for being a pain but I've never had a sick Betta before.
 

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If you mean hikari metro+ it is used as Bath one cap for 10 gallon every 24 hours for 7 days BATH IN TREATED WATER.
It’s not med for internal parasites but they claim you can mix it with food for internal infections so you can do that.

If you are certain that betta have internal parasites get meds that are made for that purpose.

But before you do anything can you tell me symptoms that betta have, your water parameters and what do you feed and how much
 

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Basically, you have 3 different options to treat your Betta Fish.

1. Mixing Metro+ with food, prebably pellets or Frozen Food = Most effective way to rid of internal parasites
2. If the fish does not eat, then giving a bath or mixing it into the water column is another treatment method, not the most effective, but it can work.

If water column, then just scoop out some of the water in the betta tank into a cup and scoop out the Metro+ into the cup as the direction states "use 1 capful (~9.7g) per 10 gallons of water." Stir the Metro+ until it completely dissolves and pour it back into the aquarium. Repeat the process for upwards 7 days until the fish health shows improvement.

If Mixing with food, then add just enough to coat, like a light dusting, the food with the Metro+. I recommend using a syringe. Add just a few drops of the aquarium water (optional garlic juice can be substituted instead) just to soak the food. Wait until the food completely dries and feed it to the fish. Repeat upwards to 7 days until improvement occurs.
 
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If you mean hikari metro+ it is used as Bath one cap for 10 gallon every 24 hours for 7 days BATH IN TREATED WATER.
It’s not med for internal parasites but they claim you can mix it with food for internal infections so you can do that.

If you are certain that betta have internal parasites get meds that are made for that purpose.

But before you do anything can you tell me symptoms that betta have, your water parameters and what do you feed and how much
Sorry for some reason fishlore didn't show me your comment at first.My Betta is actually two, Tiny and Ronan. (Not the marvel one.)
Both had white poop and Ronan was acting a little less active then usual, but that could be we moved just him into a new tank I added some aquarium salt and he perked up again so I'm not really as worried about him anymore. Tiny
I'm pretty sure has parasites though. She is still semi active but I've seen her resting a lot more. One thing though is that she is gets bloated really eaisly and currently she has a very white under-belly. I have a slight suspicion Ronan has popeye but I'm not positive on that yet.
I rescued them very recently from a divided 1 gallon so they might have the same things.
I can't remember exactly the water levels but (I forgot to write them down.) I'll get them tomorrow.
Thanks for all your help!

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Oh sorry I forgot to say I feed them hikari bio gold. 1 for Tiny because she has been getting bloated so easily and 6 for Ronan. I also feed less often frozen blood worms and brine shrimp. Also by bath do you mean take them out of there normal tank? Does the medicine hurt beneficial bacteria? Thanks!
 
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Sorry for some reason fishlore didn't show me your comment at first.My Betta is actually two, Tiny and Ronan. (Not the marvel one.)
Both had white poop and Ronan was acting a little less active then usual, but that could be we moved just him into a new tank I added some aquarium salt and he perked up again so I'm not really as worried about him anymore. Tiny
I'm pretty sure has parasites though. She is still semi active but I've seen her resting a lot more. One thing though is that she is gets bloated really eaisly and currently she has a very white under-belly. I have a slight suspicion Ronan has popeye but I'm not positive on that yet.
I rescued them very recently from a divided 1 gallon so they might have the same things.
I can't remember exactly the water levels but (I forgot to write them down.) I'll get them tomorrow.
Thanks for all your help!

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Oh sorry I forgot to say I feed them hikari bio gold. 1 for Tiny because she has been getting bloated so easily and 6 for Ronan. I also feed less often frozen blood worms and brine shrimp. Also by bath do you mean take them out of there normal tank? Does the medicine hurt beneficial bacteria? Thanks!
For bath take them out of tank bath them put in clean water container for few minutes and then back to original tank.
I am not familiar with that med so I don't know but if it is not antibiotics then your cycle should be fine.
I would soak food in that med and gave them and see how things go from there.
Also you could try feeding them pealed blanched peas they help with bloating and for cleaning so try that and then next day give them medicated food.
I hope they will be fine, good luck

Btw I feed my fish peas at least twice a month and after that I don't feed them food next day just to keep them clean
 
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I've been feeding her halfed peas ever so often, but I don't wanted to get her some more normal stuff for her, because I don't really know how much nutrition is in a pea. Thanks for all your help!
 

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Metronidazole IS an antibiotic! It also treats some internal parasites like Hexamita. But a safer way to treat Hex is Epsom Salts as a food soak. Use a pipette to just moisten food and let soak in, then feed. 3/4 tsp in 1/2 cup distilled water and feed for 3 days exclusively. It can be fed for longer since it is harmless and fish will simply expel excess Epsom Salts.

Antibiotics are a complete LAST resort for me, I actually don't use them anymore because I find other meds are just as effective.
 

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Why distilled?
You could use dechlorinator, but I prefer not to and just use distilled for ingestion.

For internal parasites, Metronidazole is much more effective in food. It's not very soluable in water and has a short time to be effective. It also really is only used for the Hexamita parasite, it could be tapeworms, or Cestodes which Metro doesn't treat, so unless you have a good guess at which parasite you're dealing with, it's not advised to use an antibiotic. Actually, I don't use antibiotics no matter what.

Other meds used to treat internal parasites is Praziquantel and Levamisole for nematodes.
 
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