Size - 5 gallons
Temperature - 78 degrees F
No filter or aeration
Betta is solitary
Omega One Betta Buffet Pellets
Usually I feed him 1 pellet 3x a day
Water changes every 3 days, 50% one day, 100% the next
I add Seachem neutral regulator to any new water
I haven't gotten the water tested
I saved this betta from a girl keeping him in a vodka bottle with no water changes a couple days ago. I think she had him for a few weeks and before that, he was at a bar so I'm not really sure how old he is or how long he's been keep in those conditions. I got him a new tank with a heater and a couple live plants.
Unfortunately I don't know what this betta looked like when he was healthy and I don't know enough about fish to diagnose him myself. Since I acquired him, he seems to have lost a lot of color in his body (turning transparent) and his fins, especially the tail, is slightly transparent. It looks like his pectoral fins have a little sign of rot (white tips) but since I've had him, his fins haven't gotten smaller. He has several black scales - I don't know whether this is just his coloration or whether they are actually turning black. The area directly behind his gills seem to have gotten blacker and his gills are a reddish, blackish color. I am also a little unsure about the mottled appearance of him head, whether it might be an infection or just coloration again.
He is actually very active and responsive. I was worried the first day I put him in the new tank because he wasn't able to eat. He went after food immediately but would spit it back up and then immediately try to eat it again. He would continue to spit it back up until he gave up. I fasted him for the next day and now he takes food just fine.
I was mostly wondering if there are any products people recommend to nurse this guy back to good health