What size is your tank? 3 gallons
What temperature is your tank? 80
Does your tank have a filter? yes (Tetra Whisper 10)
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? No
Is your tank heated? Yes
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? None
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Hikari Betta Bio-Gold
How often do you feed your betta fish? once a day (4 pellets max) 5-6 days. Fast one or two days a week
How often do you perform a water change? Every other day
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? Lately about 30%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? API water conditioner, API stress coat, epsom salt
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters? No =(
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? Just his fins because of the fin rot
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? He still acts the same. He's always happy to see people.
When did you start noticing the symptoms? A little over a week after I got him.
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? Yes, I started with the aquarium salt treatment and did it for 1 week. Water changes was 25% one day, then 50% the next, and I even did a 75%. I stopped because I wasn't seeing any improvement and I read on the forum that someone said to leave them be and let them heal on their own. Left him alone for about a week and then decided to use epsom salt. Been doing 1.5tbsp/gal for a few days. Read that you could go up to 3tbsp/gal so that's what I did for yesterdays water change.
Does your fish have any history of being ill? Just the fin rot
How old is your fish (approximately)? No idea. Got him at Petco
I'm doing the best I can to take care of him, I promise!
Today, I noticed his caudal fin is no longer smooth along the edge
The anal fin some days ago became straight. I don't know what happened. One day, I looked into his tank and the part that was missing from the anal fin was gone except for 2-3 tiny, stringy pieces still connecting and then later on in the day, those pieces were gone. Now it looks like most of that fin is starting to heal though..? Ugh I'm just so frustrated and sad! I've been doing research on how to care for him and whatnot and I feel like no matter what I do, it just isn't working.
Before I started the epsom salt treatment, I cleaned out the whole tank and kept him in clean water with the additives needed. There's no gravel in there because I wanted to make sure his poop was normal, which it is. All that is in the tank is the large silk plant and his little hiding spot. The temperature is always at 80 and I even replaced the filter cartridge. I figured I should replace the cartridge to keep the water nice and clean. So yes, I do need to start over on cycling my tank, but for now, it's just being kept nice and clean so my boy can heal
How he used to be:
How he is now..
Since I have created a thread of my own for my boy, I would love advice and suggestions from anyone
I'm starting to feel helpless for him..
How much water conditioner and stress coat should be added to 3 gallons? I read from the smaller bottle of api water conditioner to do 6 drops/gallon, which is what I've been doing. As for stress coat, it says 1ml/2gallons and double the dose to replace the slime coat and to repair damaged skin and fins.
Also, how often should I be changing his water and how much? Should I keep his tank empty of any decor? Any help/suggestions would be greatly appreciated!