I have just recently started taking care of a Betta for a friend who was moving (I think it is a female betta based on the pictures I've seen). I know next to nothing of taking care of fish and was just trying to help out. After spending some time looking through here (which, unfortunately was AFTER taking advice from my pet store) I realized that I am in need of A LOT of help.
Firstly, and most importantly, I think this fish is very sick. She is very skinny compared to most bettas I've seen, has black patches, her fins are frayed and she wasn't very active at first. The pet store employee gave me bettafix (wish I would have checked these threads first). Fortunately, it seemed to liven her up a bit and give her some more color, but the problem was not fixed. Can (and should I) start a salt treatment right away (I finished the bettafix on Wednesday)? Is there anything else I can do?
Also, currently, due to budget restrictions and lack of space (I'm a college student), I can only keep her in a 1 gal. Is there any space saving larger tanks that are also relatively cheap? I would like to eventually keep her in a large tank with possibly some other fish (I heard certain catfish do well with bettas and eat the excess food).
What size is your tank? 1 gal.
What temperature is your tank? I got a heater, but no thermometer, the packaging said it will automatically keep the tank between 78 and 85 degrees
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 (see above)
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? none right now (she's still stressed I think) but I would eventually like to get some
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? TopFin color enhancing betta bits (3 pellets per day) and 3 bloodworms per day
How often do you feed your betta fish? Twice a day
How often do you perform a water change? 50% weekly
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change?
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? API tap water conditioner
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters? no, /: again I'm new at this
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? I think she's gotten better
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? I think she's gotten livelier
When did you start noticing the symptoms? She was in bad shape when I got her
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? I used bettafix (I know, I know)
Does your fish have any history of being ill? When I adopted her she seemed sick
How old is your fish (approximately)? 1 year
Please help me however you can. I really appreciate it