Ok so i'm terrible and didn't realise that my boy's tail was slowly becoming darker and darker, i thought it was just dodgy lighting or shadow since the tanks i have are in a dark spot and have black gravel and only in the last week have i realised how bad it is. I'm pretty sure it's fin rot =(
I moved all his decorations from his original 1 gallon into his new 2.8 gallon and put him in thinking he'd love the space but he totally clamped up and seems terrified.
I set up a hospital tank with his old 1 gal and moved him to that to start the AQ treatment (yes alot of moving the poor thing) and he's still clamped and sulky and seems seriously miserable. Is he supposed to be in a vacant tank with nothing for a whole week while i do the treatment? every one talks about the hospital tanks and 7-10 day salt baths but i can't find any specifics... he's just laying around feeling sorry for himself but wasn't like this till i started to try and help him... What is a fishes normal reaction to being put into even more quarantine than their already solo lives? When should i see any kind of improvement? He still eats and comes to see me when i'm there so i'm hoping it's just too much newness and a little stressful for him and he'll calm down.
What size is your tank? 1 (with all the decor and gravel and heater etc it was more like 2/3 gallon =( i have a 2.8 to put him in once he's better though)
What temperature is your tank? 26degrees celcius (78.8 degrees fahrenheit
Does your tank have a filter? no
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? no
Is your tank heated? yes
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? none
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? pellets, bloodworm
How often do you feed your betta fish? 3 pellets twice daily, one day fast one meal replaced with defrosted freeze dried bloodworm.
How often do you perform a water change? twice weekly,
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 50% wed, 100% sat (i have a funny feeling in my case this was not enough)
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? prime and stresscoat
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
how do you test this?
Alkalinity: ? how do you test this?
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? tail becoming SLOWLY darker
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? only since i put him in the hospital tank he's clamped and sulky
When did you start noticing the symptoms? week ago although in hindsight i should have realised earlier... it was so slow i didn't figure it out till i looked back of pics of his first day and realised the change in colour
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? 1 teaspoon per gallon of AQ in hospital tank (he's literally in a tank with nothing but him, 1 gallon of conditioned and stress coat added to water, a heater and a leaf hammock - is this right?)
Does your fish have any history of being ill? not since I've had him
How old is your fish (approximately)? no idea i have had him for a month.
basically i'd like to make sure i'm doing the right thing and although i know i've let it go on WAY too long i will do everything i can to learn and never make a mistake again. i feel terrible and would love some support and encouragement.