Well I decided to cull out nearly all of my juveniles in the ich infected grow-out. It was a horrible decision to have to make, and I think there is nothing worse for a breeder of wild bettas, than to have to cull stock that could otherwise have been a valuable asset to a Species Maintenance Program.
I have eleven fish left. I don't believe I have any hendra juveniles at all. They seemed to be the worst affected and along with the ich, had been extremely emaciated.
Those left are the biggest (some are nearly fully grown) of the group along with several smaller burdigala females that I wanted to hold onto.
They have since been moved to a smaller, more fish friendly hospital tank but I am really at a loss as to how to treat this parasite. I have tried heat, salt, copper treatments, formalin treatments and nothing seems to kill it off. In fact it looks worse now than it did before!
I am so hoping that I can find a way to cure this. I would hate to have to cull these remaining survivors after they have put in such a long struggle already.
Hailing from Melbourne, Australia, I currently keep and breed a number of species from the coccina complex.