Hi everybody. For the most part, my bettas have been happy and healthy. But now, Sassy is not well, and I don't know what else to do about it. I'm worried that I'm adding too many meds at once, but I don't want him to die.
What size is your tank?10g (he is in 4g in the quarantine tank now)
What temperature is your tank?82F
Does your tank have a filter? Yes (regular tank) No(quarantine)
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? Yes on both
Is your tank heated? Yes on both
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? two nerites. He is alone in quarantine.
What type of food
do you feed your betta fish? Mostly NLS and Omega one pellets. Occasionally frozen brine shrimp
How often do you feed your betta fish? Once a day, five or more pellets. He's a giant.
How often do you perform a water change? Once weekly (regular tank), daily in quarantine
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 50% regular tank/ 100% quarantine
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Prime. PLEASE SEE BELOW FOR MEDS USED
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
Nitrate: nearly zero. Planted tank
Hardness: very high
Alkalinity: 5 or 6
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? I noticed he was pineconed slightly and a bit bloated. Now he has slimy stuff coming off of him.
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? Slightly more lethargic. Still eating, but hasn't pooped in a couple of days now.
When did you start noticing the symptoms? about 4 days ago
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? Moved him to quarantine and began dosing 1.5teaspoons of Epsom salts per gallon. Added one dose of maracyn 2 (100% wc's per day). Today, did 50% WC and added jungle fungus cure, did not add any more Epsom or maracyn 2.
Does your fish have any history of being ill? Nope
How old is your fish (approximately)? 8 months
Maybe I am acting too quickly. He didn't seem to improve with just the Epsom salt...he pooped the first day (a tiny one with a HUGE circumference), and then nothing. The pineconing is worse, all along his body, and now slimy stuff is on his body. He ate a few thawed brine shrimp two days ago, and I have not fed him since. He's pretty lethargic, floating close to the top of the tank.
Can I combine Epsom salts with maracyn II and the fungus cure? I don't want to kill him by adding too many meds. I don't know what to do - he hasn't been exposed to anything new lately...could this all be a result of overfeeding? I've had him since we was 9 wks old, and he's been very healthy (and neurotic) since then.
Thanks for your help.