Thanks Flashygrrl. It is strange that Shimmer is great and Sparky is not. I did a 100% water change with tap water and Prime conditioner added.
Normally I did PWC once a week. When Sparky stopped eating a week ago, that's when I changed his water 3 times in one week. I could do a complete water change once a week if it would be better. I'm confused at all the different advice given about water changes for one-gallon tanks. Some say complete, some say only partial, but when I do only partial, the yuck builds up and floats back into the water then settles down again. I thought the cleaner the better, but then was told only PWC should be done.
Having a 1 gallon tank makes it hard to do a partial, if you can manage then great but you'll end up having to do it like 4 times a week. Can you consider upgrading to a 2.5 for each of them? Then you only have to do partial twice a week.
I am going to get Sparky some medication ASAP. Has anyone had experience with Hikari Betta Revive Health Aid? I found it at the Petco web site but am going to the store Monday. It has a 100% customer satisfaction rating and treats and prevents a variety of maladies. I think Sparky is sick. He will not eat at all, hasn't eaten for a week, stays on the bottom of the tank or was vertical hanging yesterday, and does not show off his fins, just swims to the top of the tank periodically for a breath and then goes back down.
I already got it and put Sparky in a new water change with the drops. I wouldn't know one medication ingredient from the other. If it doesn't work, what would you recommend? The Hikari says to treat for 3 to 7 days with new water change each day.
I know bettababy's always suggested the meth blue and Fungus Elmi combined to treat it, she says it's the safest and most potent way to go about it. I think it was the meth blue/malachite green combo that she said wasn't totally safe. However, getting the meth blue can be kinda tricky a lot of the time since a lot of stores don't seem to carry it.
Sparky is on day 2 of treatment and I just did his complete water change with new medication drops (and Prime water conditioner) in it. He looks just as miserable as ever. If he doesn't die first and after seven days of Hikari Revive, I'll go to a lfs and see what they have. I am distressed because I don't know how much or if he is suffering. I guess I can only keep on treating him. He hasn't had food in 10 days!