Alright, so my roommate has this Betta that we named Hades. He's very special to her. The other day, he hurt his tail by jumping and skidding across the top of the water, and it caused his tail to be folded over slightly on the top. He wasn't swimming any different, so we figured it would unsort itself.
A day went by and it was still all bent, but when he moved to 'dance' like he usually does, his tail unfurled, but it went right back.
Someone on another site suggested I give him antibiotics, to which we went and got some right away, because we're actually fish-sitting for another, very VERY sick Betta whom was from an owner who had no idea what he's doing. [He passed away this afternoon...]
But now, Hades snubbed food this morning, and he is always BEGGING for food. He snubbed live blood worms and a pellet, and his tail now has a weird film around it and looks even more twisted up. I have some pictures to show you progress.
^Here is Hades when we first got him home, before his tank had set. As you can see, he has a gorgeous transparent tail.
^These are his tail after he's 'folded' it, right before we changed his water to put in the antibiotics.
^And this is Hades this morning. He's at the bottom of his tank just moping and there's this fuzzy film around his back fin. We have lots of anti-biotic stuff called MELAFIX that we've been giving him the suggested amount since we got it yesterday. But him snubbing the food is what REALLY worries us.
Please help, we love Hades dearly, and his brothers, Zeus and Poseidon, are both happy healthy Bettas in their own tanks, but for some reason, Hades just isn't doing too well.
We have a PH testing kit, the PH in Hades' tank was a little high so we changed it. It's still higher than we would like, so do you have any suggested solutions to lower the PH? Our straight tapwater is 7.8 PH, and with the conditioner in it, it goes down to about 7.4. Still too high.
In addition, would a heater work on a 3 gallon tank? Our boys in their smaller, globe tanks are very easy to keep the right temperature without one, but their PH is a wee bit high as well.
Thank you, everyone. We are both novice Betta owners with very limited funds, so nothing extraordinary or expensive, but we'll do everything within our means to care for them. We've done lots of research which obviously paid off for Zeus and Poseidon, but if we loose Hades in addition to whom was going to be our new family member Hermes, we're going to be heartbroken. We don't know what to do.
[Just for the record, Hermes/Sharkbait/Darci, the Baby Betta of many names, died this afternoon from excessive stress caused by his previous owner. She did little to no research and had changed his water 4 times within the first 3 days of owning him, and he was barely even an inch long. We got him from her care to fish-sit him for a week and he was in an awful state, we're fairly certain he just lost the will to live. His passing was not our fault, we did our best to get him to eat but he refused. We bought live bloodworms and flakes and two other kinds of pellets but he downright refused. Sadly the stress caused by all the abuse just was too much on him and he passed.]
Thank you all in advance