Buddha is sick, or something, and I don't know what to do.
I believe he has fin melt/rot of some level, except it popped suddenly only a few hours ago. The ends of his fins are turning red/black and fraying.
Here it is.
Normally his fins are very rounded, with the smallest jagged edge, as seen here
So, thinking it was fin melt/rot I did a tank change with AQ salt, which should help with both that AND his fin tear (which is healing nicely).
However, after an hour after changing, I noticed that he's clamped. i gave him a mirror and he flared like normal, but as soon as he calmed down, he clamped up again. He started diving into the gravel and tank surfing rapidly.
I have a video of what he was doing:
I left him alone and watched him, and he's still clamped, but he's resting on the gravel. he comes up for air, but he rapidly swims up and almost gasps for air (he takes in a few huge breaths), and then sinks back down.
I'm so afraid...did something happen? He doesn't look any different than usual besides his fins..help? :(
all I have at my disposal for treatments is AQ salt, and a small kritter keeper tank if I need it for other purposes...I don't know, I'm kinda scared