Our white betta is about 2 years old. He was originally named "Electra" because he looked like a female. Upon seeing his first bubble nest, we revised it to "Electro." He's been having a rough go lately (see my earlier post
). He's been struggling to swim normally and frequently rests on something, with labored breathing. He eats, but I have been feeding him much less than usual in an attempt to fast him. Most recently, I'm noticing a white spot (see picture).
I have been giving him 50% water changes every day or every other day for about two weeks. I tried AQ salt for about a week, and then moved to Epsom salt. Neither have made a difference. He was also in a tank with quite a few baby snails which I believe contributed to a minor ammonia spike. Most of the snails have been removed and I'm now using Prime in his water changes.
Should I consider medication at this point? Thank you for any advice you can offer.
Gravel bottom, live plants and ornaments.
Heated, 80 degrees
Rotation of Bio-Gold pellets, generic betta pellets, and freeze-dried foods
Once a day, 3-4 pellets
Typical bi-weekly water change of around 50%.
Typically only additive is water conditioner.
Ammonia: 0 (recent spike to 0.25, now treating with Prime)