I work at a local pet store in the city where I live, and a small, sickly betta caught my eye recently... He looked like he was hanging on by a thread, so I went ahead and purchased him in an attempt to better his life.
Just a little background info on Nefarian... He is a Crowntail, seems fairly young (still) and had been sitting on my stores shelf for quite some time..
I've posted some pictures for you all to see.. As you can tell, he's got a bad case of fin rot/possible ammonia poisioning. =(
I just brought him home last night, and I've tried feeding him three or four times without any luck. Why is this? I was told that these bettas were fed on either Saturday or Sunday, and I know they can go 7 days without food.. And I know he's getting up there. Is there any way to persuade him to eat? Or is he just a lost cause? =( I'm hoping not, he's grown on me already.
Oh, and information on the tank:
I have a 3.5 Gal tank with heater/filtration system that I intend to use as soon as he gets healthier.. As for now, I have him in a 1 Gal hospital tank and am treating him with small amounts of Tetracycline as well as aquarium salt for the fin rot.
My tap water is ALWAYS pre-conditioned and checked for ammonia/ph/nitrates, etc. I've had many bettas in the past to know how to properly care for them. =)
If anyone has any ideas on how I can nurse Nefarian back to health, PLEASE inform me.. I feel as if time is running short for my little guy :(