Originally Posted by zdemers
Kazushi Sakuraba is almost a year old. It has come to my attention that I have not been taking proper care of him. When I was given my fish, the gift giver told me that it was low maintenance and that as long as i gave it two pellets a day and changed the fishbowl once a week or so all would be well. I noticed my fish's health decline over the past few months and decided to google it, apparently i had been horrendously misinformed on how to care for a fish. I believe Saku may be suffering from fin rot right now, white tipped, clamped fins.. Today I went out and bought a bigger tank, with a filter. Is it too late for him and I to start anew?
Can somebody provide me with a list of things I should go buy tomorrow at the store to begin to properly care for Saku?
Uh oh. But no, it's not too late. How big is the tank he's in right now? And what kind of water do you use (spring, distilled, tap)? It's good that you have a filter, just make sure the flow isn't too strong for your betta.
Since you think he has fin rot, I would pick up some aquarium salt
from the pet store. Aquarium salt helps with external health issues. Follow the directions on the package, but only use the salt for 10 days. You shouldn't do it for more than 10 days because then it can actually cause trouble with your fish. But for ten days it will promote fin regrowth, along with clean water. His fins may be clamped, too, do to stress. Provide him with a nice, stress-free environment to recover in (again, clean water, and a fake plant to hide/rest in).
helps bettas heal quicker too, since they thrive in tropical temperatures (around 80 degrees F)..
Pick up some additional nutrition. In addition to betta pellets, I would recommend getting some frozen bloodworms
from the pet store's frozen section. These can be fed twice a week, but you'll need to thaw the worms and only feed one per feeding. The protein will help keep your fish in good health.
Continue research on proper betta care to get a better idea of it. Good luck to you and your fish throughout his recovery.