Sorry for posting again so soon, but I've got a scenario I'd like to get some information on.
I rescued two petco bettas yesterday, one is doing well, and seemed pretty healthly in the store, not worried about him, but the other, well, the other was a rescue and I knew it.
He's fairly good sized, not overly thin but certainly not nice and plump either, and he's not eaten in 3 days. I know that they can go quite some time without food, so I'm not OVERLY worried about it...yet...
What size is your tank? about 1 gallon hospital bowl
What temperature is your tank? 78 degrees, bowl in a larger tank water bath with a heater
Does your tank have a filter? no, hospital bowl
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? no, hospital bowl
Is your tank heated? yes
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? none, though he has a neighbor in the water bath tank
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? tetra betta min flakes, freeze dried blood worms, and betta bites pellets. But I don't believe he eats any of them.
How often do you feed your betta fish? 2x/day
How often do you perform a water change? daily 100% (hospital bowl)
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 100%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? API water conditioner and Jungle Start Right conditioner/slime coat additive (aloe vera)
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters? good on all due to daily changes
Ammonia: 0.0 ppm (I'm sure it's higher right before water change, but that's the average)
Nitrite: 0.0 ppm
Nitrate: 0.0 ppm
Alkalinity: not sure.
Symptoms and Treatment
- He's gold/yellow, but he seems to be fading, I noticed last night and this morning, he just seems less vibrant than before.
- At the store, he looked pitiful. Yellow water, food on the bottom, he'd been there for about two weeks.
- He looks to have been chewing on his tail, but could be fin rot? no red edges, no dorsal or pectoral fin involvement, just his tail, so I'm thinking tail biting.
- He was breathing hard at the store, continued until he'd been home in clean water for 24 hours, now he's breathing normally.
- His scales seemed to be sloughing off at first? But I think they're no longer coming off, no ulcers or sores on him, just the lost scales.
His fins aren't clamped, he lays on the bottom but with his little "leg" fins down and his other fins flared out as they do normally.
- He comes up to the surface occasionally for air, has blown a few bubbles, and doesn't seem to struggle to the surface, but mostly he just sits on the bottom of his bowl.
- He is alert and knows when I come into the room, and he occasionally seems to get irritated with his "hospital" water bath roommate (other new fish, both are in QT right now until proven healthy) so he's alert and responsive.
- no idea how old, looks to be adult or close to it.
- no treatment yet other than clean, warm water
Question: Should I treat him with AQ salt due to the skin and the tail, or should I used EP salt in case he's not quite right due to internal parasites?
Or should I use both, one then the other, and in what order?
I wish he'd eat...tried flakes, bloodworms, and pellets, no success, haven't found any live food yet, but working on it, but I don't think he'd go after it anyway. Haven't yet tried garlic juice, does it come from the store as juice, or do I need to somehow press garlic cloves for it?
Thank you so much for your help, it's been wonderful coming her to get information! :)