Couple things I was hoping you guys could help me with..I've tried to talk to my local pet store, and they've basically just had me buy a bunch of things...all of which aren't working...
First...filters. I've always kept my bettas with no filter, and they've for the past 10 years, done really well. I was talked into buying no less then 4 filters now, and all of them seem to whirl pool my poor betta's around and are useless.
What is the general consensus on filters here? Needed, and if so...which one?
Second....one of my guys...after his filter experience started getting tail rot/fin rot, or something that started making his beautiful tail disappear. I have started treating him with Maracyn-oxy daily...been three days now...too soon to tell if working? Or do you guys recommend something else?
Third...I bought two fries at the local petco(I know it was a terrible decision and supported an awful practice, but it's done....) one of them is a male, grew really fast, beautiful colors easily four times the size he was when he started, active, eating, bubble nests, doing great. The second one I am assuming is a female, not really active, but has spurts, only double the size the other one is, and they started at the same size, was eating ok but always took the food in her mouth and then spit half it out (micro pellets). She originally was in a 6 gallon hexagon tank (again filter way too much for her). Temp was at 70 when I started noticing her behavior changes so I added a heater, got it up to 76-78F, ammonia levels negative, pH was normal(don't remember the number but it was in the green zone on the test strip. The rest of the test strip was ok too. I clean her water 1/2 tank changes weekly. Today I did a full tank change and put her in a 1 gallon tank...because....I noticed her swimming into things and then darting away like she didn't see they were there. When she was in the smaller tank she swam up to me in the front, but then clearly turned, and hit the plant head on, stopped for a half a second, then casually swam away....WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN? :-/