Please help me figure out what to do. I have a 20 gal community fish tank and a 1.5 gallon tank for my betta, Patriot. Patriot's tank had a Tetra brand heater made for 10 gal tanks or smaller that seemed to fluctuate in temperature from 70-80 degrees F.
There was an outbreak of internal bacteria infection (that led to Swim Bladder Disorder) in my large tank and I had to quarantine my infected fish. My quarantine tank is just a blue plastic bin because I don't have money to maintain another tank. But it doesn't have a heater. Since Patriot's heater wasn't heating his tank steadily and it's made for a 10 gal., I bought Patriot a new heater made for a 3 gal. This one is supposed to maintain the tank at 78 F. It's not adjustable. I moved his old heater to the quarantine tank.
I was doing my best to ensure that I didn't somehow transfer the bacteria to Patriot's tank. But he started acting very lethargic and laid on the bottom of his tank a lot. Then I realized that I forgot to plug in his new heater
. I am such a MORON!
That didn't seem to help. Yesterday, I checked the temperature and it's at 85 F. The new heater is cooking him! On top of that, he's developed some sort of fungus on his scales and gill rot. GAA! I feel so awful. This is my fault.
I unplugged his heater so he could cool off and am currently treating him with Lifeguard for the fungus (which seems to be helping).
Now I don't know what to do. I really don't want to buy him a new heater. I've already spent tons and money is tight. His old heater worked, but is now in quarantine and I don't know how to properly disinfect it if I need to put it back in his tank. But his new one can't be adjusted for temperature. But he needs a heater, I live in a basement apartment and it's really cold.
What should I do about the heater? And how can I best treat the fungus and gill rot? I'm rather attached to the little guy. I couldn't bear to lose him.
What size is your tank? 1 1/2 gal
Does your tank have a filter? yes, Whisper 2 gal filter
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? the filter has it built in
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? none
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Wardley's betta pellets (frozen bloodworms once a week)
How often do you feed your betta fish? once a day, 3-4 pellets or worms
How often do you perform a water change? twice a week
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? Bowl Buddies water conditioner
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
Ammonia: 0 ppm
Nitrite: 0 ppm
Nitrate: 0 ppm
Hardness: moderately hard
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? mucus from gills, darkening of gills, pale, dark splotches on fins
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? lethargic, doesn't eat as much
When did you start noticing the symptoms? 3 days ago
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? Lifeguard water tablets
Does your fish have any history of being ill? no
How old is your fish (approximately)? young, (about 1 in long) Maybe 4-5 months old. I've had him for a month and a half.
Wow. Sorry for the super long post. Thanks if you read the whole thing.