Originally Posted by Link592
Again, I told my mom and she'll be upgrading my tank but I am still looking for a tank, the only ones I have found are 5 gallons, 10 gallons they come with a filter & all those supplies besides the 5 gallons it barley comes with anything and the person is asking $60 I also don't want to get a 10 gallon if only one fish is going to be living in that tank.
Will he make it through, and will his fins go back to normal? How can I treat fin rot since the space is so little?
I also have Nutrafin Waste control, Nutrafin Cycle, Nutrafin Aqua plus if those help...
The Cycle isn't much help in your current tank..I've heard it's not bad for helping stabilise (NOT cycle) larger tanks when they're in the cycling process.
Dunno about the waste control.. I'd rather do a water change than add stuff to dirty water and hope, but that's me..
And get the 10 gallon with everything! You can divide it! So your boys can have half each. Plenty of room for both, and you can have them both in one place. :)
There's lots of threads here on how to make a secure divider easily and cheaply that won't come off and cause fin-damaging fights. Divided tanks also look really nice, and each can have its own 'theme'..
I think my favourite one here was actually divided into 3 - two large end sections for the bettas, and a small middle one with the filter in it, so neither betta was getting blown about and if one divider failed, there was always the other.. I'll try to find the thread when I have more time, I think you'd like the set-up.
Your fish ought to be fine, fin rot isn't fatal unless left untreated.
As the other poster mentioned, he -will- need to go into some kind of hospital tank. If you get some rock salt, kosher salt or aquarium salt (they are all the same thing, just do not use table salt!) and medicate 1 teaspoon of salt per gallon for 10 days, fresh water and salt every day, you ought to see an improvement.
Because you only have the one small tank for both fish, I'd just do them both in the same tank. Both have been exposed to lots of ammonia, and I don't trust that bacteria not to spread..
So, cup both your bettas in a lidded cup (like the one you got them in) and toss the water in their main tank out, rinse tank etc in hot water.
Dissolve 1 teaspoon salt in a gallon jug with warm water (same temp as tank water) and refill tank with that.
Make sure to match tank temp with cup water by floating them in the new water for a while, adding a bit of new water to the cup every few mins.
Let fish back into tank. Reapeat every day for 10 days. You should see some improvement.
I'd keep this little tank as a hospital tank, even when you upgrade, they are very useful for short term care.
And frankly? I see a lot of folks defending these tiny bowls and tanks. but then I see a month later, they're the ones posting in the sick fish threads.. wondering why there's fin rot, etc. They can be okay, but there's no room at all for slip ups and lack of water changes, as even a small amount of ammonia can permanently damage a fish's gills, etc.