I got a pet store betta and since this is my very first betta I was not aware that he was very sick when I bought him :( I have had him for 3 weeks now and he has recovered from some problems but is still sick.
He had a severe case of fin rot when I bought him and it nearly ate his entire tail. I treated him twice with hydrogen peroxide topically and that seemed to cure the fin rot. He has about a quarter inch of new fin growth :)
My fish currently has a few problems. He has black dots on his left pectoral fin. He had 3 when I got him and he now has 5. The dots are about the size of a grain of salt. He also has a few whitish raised patches on that same size that appeared a few days ago. I also noticed today that he has 2 small tears in his rear fins. I think these are salt burns though.
I am treating him with Melafix, Maracyn and Aquarium Salt. He has 2 t. salt in his 2.5 gallon, cycled, filtered (carbon removed) 82 degree aquarium. I also have been completing daily 35% water changes and adding Ammo Lock (because I think all the medication and water changes have damaged the beneficial bacteria in my tank).
I also have used salt dip baths the past 2 days and his white patches have been fading. I use 1/4 cup aquarium salt in 1 gallon water with all his medications added. I left him in for 3 mins the first day and 5 mins the second day. I watch him carefully and remove him if he looks stressed.
Please help! This is my first betta and I really like him. I know it would be easier to just let him die and choose a healthy betta, but I just can't do that. Please help me save my betta, Indigo.
Tags: ich, black spots, white spots, ick, columnaris, fungus, bacteria, sick fish, melafix, bettafix, maracyn, salt baths, dip baths, aquarium salt, torn fins, fin rot, hydrogen peroxide