you recommend 100% water changes daily.. so 100% daily water changes are okay for what is a potentially a stressed fish? I'm getting conflicting info. Should I only do it if water conditions are poor? (there is no ammonia or nitrite right now)
maybe you didn't catch it in my long post, but his fin rot has been improving while his behavior has gotten totally lethargic.
I will get him some bloodworms if he doesn't eat after a few days of no eating.
He is at least a year old.. he was purchased at korean supermarket in NYC.
up until April of this year, he was strictly living in distilled water (with his previous owner).. we have made the switch to conditioned tap water since then. We have only had him for about 3 months (sorry I incorrectly stated 6 months before).
He has had fin rot for about a month.. very slow progression and then rapid over the previous week.. but only dorsal and pectoral fins.. no body rot.
we had only treated him with water changes and AQ salt for the past few weeks.. but almost never a 100% water change (we read that it traumatizes the fish). We did our first 100% water change in a month or so when we applied Bettafix 3 days ago (friday) when we couldn't get our ammonia levels down. The bettafix was a quarter dose on friday, then a full dose on Saturday. Since then his behavior has been EXTREMELY lethargic. Ammonia has been 0 since then.
very lethargic, does not react to visual stimuli (a hand over the tank used to make him go crazy in a good way.. a finger saying hello would always get a commanding fin flutter). Occasionally breathes heavy.. Always either at the top or bottom of the tank completely still, with the occasional pectoral fin flutter. Once every 5 min he darts for some air and then swims normally for about 10 sec then returns to either the top or bottom. On the plus side, his fin rot is getting better.. no more holes in his dorsal fin, and pec fins are starting to gain tissue.
I have not checked the unconditioned source water for ammonia.. I did not know that the conditioner could provide false numbers. I will do that tonight when I get home from work.
Yes ph is 6.7... and I read the temp with an infrared thermometer gun.. its accurate to .1 degree and reads the same as the tank thermometer in my 5 gallon tank which is cycling right now (he will go into this when finished cycling)
Water change process.
this is probably where I'm at fault. His gallon bowl is tall. I get a cup fill it with his current bowl water. I start tilting the bowl, and allow the water to flow out, then when he gets close to the lip, I give the bowl a nudge and he goes right into the cup. I figure this is easier on him than netting him. I then fill up the bowl with 24 hour old conditioned tap water.. since there is no temp differential of more than a degree.. I just dump him right in. Is there a better way? I here of floating the cup, but if there is virtually no temp difference.. what does it matter? Am I being short sighted?
I will lower his water level so he doesn't have to swim that much vertically to get to the surface.
I will seek out a tannin source (never heard of using them before).. but coming across clean oak or IAL seems difficult without ordering online.. (LFS's don't carry do they?).
Did I do some sort of irreparable damage to the poor guy? Is he on his deathbed or just in some sort of shock?
I will post a pic and movie shortly..