My tank is cycled.
My fish were fine till they both got ick, which I treated successfully a week ago.
Then I added some cuttlebone for the nerites (apparently too much), and over teh week my pH jumped to 9.5 and ammonia to 2.0.
Removed all cuttlebone I could find, did the water changes needed to bring my pH and ammonia back in line. That was on Friday, the 25th, when I noticed Kalec'
s eyes were bugged out and had white circles around them. He's been on epsom since Friday night.
Yesterday and today, Seiya
has lost a scale per day in the same spot, adding to his recent fin damage. I suspect a tank decoration and this will be fixed - but do I want to qt him with aq salt, or do daily water changes to keep the water clean enough he'll heal that way?
What size is your tank? 10g
What temperature is your tank? 81F
Does your tank have a filter? Yes
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? Yes
Is your tank heated? Yes
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? Tank stock = two betta (with divider), two nerite snails
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? omega one buffest pellets and frozen bloodworms
How often do you feed your betta fish? twice a day
How often do you perform a water change? once a week usually is all that's needed
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 50%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Prime
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
Ammonia: 0.5 (just tested, will be doing a WC)
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? Kalec
(Popeye) Swollen eyes, white ring around eyes, scales look...rough. A little raised on his gill plates. Seiya
(scale loss) has two scales missing side by side on his head, along with torn fins
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? Neither ebtta's behavior has really changed. Kalec
(in floated qt tank) even made a bubblenest this morning. Seiya
When did you start noticing the symptoms? Friday, Jan 25th
Have you started treating your fish? Kalec
, yes. QT'd with tsp of epsom salt per gallon, floated in larger tank for heat. Seiya
, not yet
Does your fish have any history of being ill? A week ago they both had ick and we had a 'fun' week with both qt tanks being floated as I treated them clear of it.
How old is your fish (approximately)? ...maybe over a year?
I'm not looking for negative feedback, I've made mistakes and am fixing them as soon as I discover them. But I've had these two since November in the split 10g without a problem until ick recently. I know that the sudden pH rise and ammonia spike led to Kale
being sick. Today Kalec
will be given his own 3g as his home where I will continue to treat; should I continue with just epsom salts? Or should I use a medication?
As for Seiya
, I really don't want to dose the 10g with aq salt if I dont have to, but my ammonia spiked to .5 in a day and night, so~ doing a 50%water change and another syphoning today. I don't want Seiya
's missing scales to get infected. And I'll be removing the aquarium decoration I suspect of being the culprit.
Anyways...I'm asking for guidance on the popeye, and suggestions of what's best for Seiya
. After today they won't share a home anymore so they can't bounce illness back and forth.
Here are today's pics of the two;