Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: East Tennessee
Okay, I tried to multiquote...and apparently I'm failing at it because I'm just not getting there. Anyway, I'm with Aokashi, the lifeless cycles was really funny. ;)
You are welcome for the links! As for planted tanks, check out the forum on here for planted tanks, that's where you'll get the best information on those. :) I have only got a few live plants scattered here and there in each of my tanks, so I'm not able to give anybody good advice on that one. :)
Now, STOP THE BETTAFIX...go ahead and change his water 100% to get rid of it! That stuff can kill your fish. :( It works for some people...some of the time, but far too often people end up with fish who cannot breathe (the bettafix coats their labyrinth organ and they suffocate), and they die. It's best to avoid all of those "fix" medications. Sorry, didn't mean to yell, but I wanted to make sure that got noticed here in the larger post. :)
Water Changes: As for cleaning, how big is your bowl? It's a 1 gallon, right? That'll need to have a 100% water change every other day to keep the ammonia down. Take him out of the bowl, put him into his store cup or another plastic container, dump out all the old water, wash off the gravel, etc. and put new water back in at 78 degrees (use your water thermometer to test to make sure it's the right temp) and put in your water conditioner. Now, float his little cup in the new tank water, and add in about a tablespoon of new water every 15 mins for the next hour or so. Then pour out as much of the cup water as you can, and put him into his bowl. This will acclimate him to the new water, and keep him from being stressed. :)
Dim Lights: Another thing that will help him be less stressed is while he's floating, put him into a dark or dim room, that helps them feel safe. :)
Heater: As for your heater, I've never used one of those bowl heaters, but I've heard that they are a pretty awful about keeping the temp up. For right now, just use it until you've gotten a bigger tank, and then you can look around for a good heater that will fit the big tank. :) (You don't want to buy two new heaters if you don't have to.) By putting in his new/fresh water change water at a higher temp, it'll help his little bowl heater to keep the water warmer. As long as he's at 75, he's okay, that's just the lower end of the spectrum, but he's still all right. (I actually keep all my guys about 76 to 78 on purpose.)
Meds: had a rough life so far, going from the petstore and them some shock at your house when he first came home. He's still recovering, and meds can actually make it worse sometimes by stressing them out more. Let him hang out in warm, clean water for a few days and see if he starts to feel better. :) As long as he's eating, his fins aren't clamped, he's not breathing hard, and his color is good, he's okay, he just needs some adjustment time.
If you really want, you can put a teaspoon of Epsom salts in his bowl for a few days, and see if he starts to perk up. Just make sure they're plain, unscented, white, Epsom salts. No dyes or perfumes. These are made for people and come in a bag or carton, you can get them at any drug or grocery store. :)
Oh, and let the salt dissolve completely before you put him into the water with them. Otherwise, they can burn him. (I did that once, my poor Buckley had a nasty run-in and I felt terrible afterwards, fortunately, he was okay once he got into clean water.)
The *EPSOM* salts *not* aquarium salt or any sort of table or sea salt, will help him in a variety of ways.
-If he's got any internal parasites, this will help to clean him up a bit.
-If he's got any ammonia burns, scrapes, fin tears or anything like that, the salts will help to soothe them and will do some to prevent infections.
-If he's not bathrooming regularly due to stress or changes in diet, this will also help him out and make him feel better.
Aquarium salt also has it's uses, but it is harder on their systems, the Epsom salts are gentler, and what you need right now is for him to de-stress so his immune system can come back online. Too many meds or harsh salt will only hinder this process.
I hope that helps!! :)
Oh, and one more, make sure you take some plastic wrap (like saran wrap that's used for food) and tape it over the top of his bowl, leaving about two inches of air between the surface of the water and the wrap. This will help to keep the humidity in at the water's surface, and he'll be able to breathe more easily...which will, you guessed it, reduce his stress. ;) Punch a couple of holes in it for a little bit of air exchange, or leave a spot open on one side, just to allow a little air to come and go so he doesn't suffocate. :) There is a very knowledgeable member (Old Fish Lady, aka OFL) :) on here who rec's the plastic wrap all the time, and I know my guys really seemed to appreciate it when I started doing it after her instructions. :)
Last edited by Blue Fish; 04-10-2013 at 08:50 PM.