Rama suddenly started getting sick after I returned home this past Monday (my roommate had been caring for him). He was looking lethargic and had some small signs of fin rot. Every since then he's been getting worse. The fin rot developed even further, he's gotten popeye, and is laying at the bottom of the tank and not eating almost all day. I have been treating him since Tuesday with a combination of Maracyn and Maracyn 2, but it hasn't seemed to have an effect thus far. Now, he's been breathing really rapidly and hard, with his little gills flapping wildly. I'm so concerned, I'm not sure if there's anything else I can do for him.
I don't have access to anything else but a PetSmart, but I'm wondering if I should get some different sort of medicine or something to treat the water . . . I'm getting pretty desperate now.
What size is your tank? 2.5 gallons
What temperature is your tank? 75 - 80 degrees F
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? A mystery snail and an algae ball.
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Tetra BettaMin Tropical Medley
How often do you feed your betta fish? Twice a day
How often do you perform a water change? Once every two weeks (or so)
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 100%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Tetra BettaSafe
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
I haven't tested yet because I don't have the tools, but I'm taking a water sample tomorrow to PetSmart to get it tested. The water quality in the area is not great though, and is particularly hard.
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? Fin rot, bulging eyes that are slightly glazed white (popeye), slightly pale
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? Lethargic, actually laying at the bottom of the tank, not eating, rapidly breathing/fins flapping wildly, looks a bit like he's gasping
When did you start noticing the symptoms? Monday or so.
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? I have been treating with a Maracyn and Maracyn 2 combination every day. I have also been changing 25% of the water every day.
Does your fish have any history of being ill? No
How old is your fish (approximately)? I'm not sure, but I probably bought him 4 or 5 months ago.