This started when I tried to move Pluto into a new 5 gal. Fluval Chi tank, which I had treated with the same everything that I was treating his one gallon tank with. We had got him a water frog from the pet store that had been in the tank for the night already before I put Pluto in with him. Pluto was happy and swimming everywhere in there and I thought he was even getting along well with the low powered filter. He never had one before.
But a few days later I noticed his bottom fin was dark on the tip. Uh oh. Went to the pet store, got the bettafix that I thought was the only thing that they had. But it just got worse and within 2 days the rest of his fins were getting dark and the one fin was rapidly being consumed. I did research online, educated myself. Tried neomycin but he wouldn't eat it. So I broke down and got the the harsh stuff tetracycline. I moved him out of the Chi tank immediately when I first noticed the dark on his fin. Now he is in a small glass that I exchange water in the one gallon tetracycline prepared tank. I have almost gone through 2 cycles with the stuff, and the darkness on his fins has stopped consuming him. The dead fins are falling off, but now I think he may have the secondary fungal infection the tetracycline box talks about. And just tonight he is showing some open red sores.
Can he still make it? I baby feed him, talking to him and getting him to eat one or two pieces of blood worm at a time. He is having trouble swimming in the directions he wants to go, but I would to if I lost all that fin.
Sorry if I was a little long, but I didn't want to leave anything out.
I was hoping someone could give me another perspective. Am I just putting him through a lot of pain? Or can he pull through? I have hopes but I think he is septic.
Any help would be great!
What size is your tank? - Was a five gal, now a glass cup.
What temperature is your tank? - 72-74
Does your tank have a filter? - not anymore
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? - no
Is your tank heated? - no, was before the cup
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? - no, had a frog before the cup
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? - blood worms and betta food pellets
How often do you feed your betta fish? - try twice a day so that he eats at least once
How often do you perform a water change? - at least once a day
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? - betta safe, betta bowl plus, amquel plus for the nitrate ammonia ect.
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
No, do not have a kit.
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? - He has lost most of his fins and has turned red and white at the base of his back fin.
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? - he does not eat as readily, has trouble swimming smoothly, but still responds to talking and tries to eat.
When did you start noticing the symptoms? - beginning of last week. 7 or so days ago.
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? - Began with bettafix, did not work. Then neomycin, he did not eat it. Then tetracycline about 4 days ago. He has responded to it.
Does your fish have any history of being ill? None, some stress.
How old is your fish (approximately)? I got him in November. So maybe a year old?