First off: He is still very
active and eating well.
He has another little hole in his tail fin. I do not know what to do!
I am pretty darned faithful with his changes. ('cept for the mistake with overdoing it with a 100% change), doing regular 50% changes twice/week). I kept 2 other Bettas a long time ago (one in undergrad and one in grad school), and they never suffered fin rot like this. I, then being 13-14 years younger and not too knowlegable (still am not), kept them in small bowls (about 1/2 gallon) with no heater and no filtration. I did water changes every other day. Now that I am doing everything the right, adult way (bigger space, hiding spot, heater, filter...), he seems to be in trouble. What gives?
I stopped the Betta Fix, did a 50% change and a couple of hours later did another 50% change adding just betta conditioner and a pinch of aquarium salt with each change.
I do not have any plants in there right now, because the silk plant I got was WAY too big. He has a little sunken ship that he can swim into to hide.
So, I added a mini filter to his 2 gallon tank...not a whole lot of flow. It really just bubbles and has activated carbon/zeolite. It is a Penn-Plax Smallworld pump and filter. I rinsed and installed it (to get the BettaFix out of the water). I took out the airstone...too many things going on in the little tank at once.
I have not tested the water b/c of the BettaFix.
(I have test strips AND the API freshwater kit)
The tank (it is only a 2 gallon) was not cycled. I had read in several places that anything under 5 gallons does not need to be cycled. Am I wrong?
So, I bought Quick Cure (it is for protozoan parasites and supposedly helps fin rot) by Aquariom Products and am kind of scared to use it...I don't want the situation to get worse, but I don't want to "love" him to death either.
Grr...frustrated. Can anyone help?
BTW, lest you think that I have a Black Fin when it comes to fishies...
the 10 gallon tank is doing GREAT! all fish are doing just fine. I would add Ernesto, but there are fancy guppies (3) neons (3) and Mickey Mouse Platys (2) in there, so that is a no go. Plus that would be so overcrowded. It is kind of on the brink now...but all is stable, and I am done adding anything more until I lose someone (which hopefully is not for a while).