Hey folks, I got Geo from Petco less than two months ago. The plant I got had a snail on it and shortly after I noticed white cottony on the snail shell and the fish. He's had internal parasites the whole time (I just realized that a couple weeks ago) and the white cotton goes away but returns the next day (I think pieces of his fins are falling off). His gills are also white. I got rid of the snail and the gravel (trying to make the tank as sterile as possible). This just seems never ending and nothing I do works.
I love this little guy; he's a real fighter but I feel like I'm not helping him.
Please see below. Thank you!!
What size is your tank? 3 gal
What temperature is your tank? 76-78
Does your tank have a filter? Yes
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? No?
Is your tank heated? No
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? None
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Freeze dried blood worms, betta min tropical medley, and peas since he's been sick.
How often do you feed your betta fish? Once a day with fast once a week.
How often do you perform a water change? Once a week.
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? It depends. All or 50% because I'm trying to get rid of whatever is making him sick!
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Just dechlorinating drops.
Have you tested your water? No. They tested it when I took that darn snail back to the store and said it was fine.
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? It started with me noticing his white lumpy stool. Then he had white cotton on his fins and the tip of the fins were coming off. His gill area has also turned white.
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? Sluggish. Clamped fins. He just sits there and doesn't swim much.
When did you start noticing the symptoms? A month ago!
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? Yes at first the lady at Petco told me he had fungus so u treated him for 7 days with pimafix. I don't think that did anything. Then the guy at petsmart told me it had to be bacteria so I've currently been treating him for 9 days with melafix. Also I've given him 4 doses of parasite guard and I don't know if that's working either
Does your fish have any history of being ill? The whole time.
How old is your fish (approximately)? I got him from petco less than two months ago.