I know my Betta is sick but I can't quite tell what he has. I believe he had/has a case of fin rot which I'm currently treating him for with Tetracycline, and I have a package of Maracyn-Two on the way for the general treatment, but I'd like a third opinion here. I'm worried he may have some type of fungal thing goin' on.
Here's a photo of Alpha when we first got em in May of 2009. I pulled off the way back of the shelf at a Petsmart.
My girlfriend had been taking care of him when he was still in a one gallon tank with no heat/filter, and the water would get pretty crummy from time to time, and now she's studying abroad until the end of June so I've had sole custody of our fish
I've noticed lately that his color has become red/rusty around the start of his fins. I thought it might be velvet, but when I shined him with a flashlight I couldn't really see the "gold dust" flakes he'd supposedly be covered in.
Here's a current photo of him. Since I started treating him two days ago he looks a little better and since I've set him up in his new tank (specs below) he's been really happy and active. He's never lost his appetitie but he has lost some weight. The old, 1 gallon tank wasn't heated and I noticed he had been floating near the corners with clamped fins. I figured the water temp had dropped too far and slowed down his metabolism etc... and that he was getting sick so I bought all the new stuff and he's been very active. I'm hoping the new filtered tank will help remedy the situation.
Hopefully ya'll can help.
5 gallon Aqueon Minibow desktop kit with heater, temp. set to 80 deg. I use Aquasafe (yellow bottle) water treatment when I fist set up his new tank, and now it's being filtered. I was careful to introduce him into the new warmer water so not to shock him. I feed him Top Fin food pellets every day (which I know is too much), but I only give him 1-3 at a time and he's always hungry.
Any suggestions? He's the only fish I have in the tank and all the rocks/plants I bought with it I made sure to rinse in hot water (no soap) before introducing to the tank. Here's a picture of my tank too.
Thank you for ANY and all help. I don't want the little guy to kick the bucket, he's almost 2 now.