I decided that I should keep a log about my betta boy and his tank. Thought it might be nice to look back on someday or something else sentimental. Also a good way to keep me on track.
The tank is a 10 gallon with a hood containing two incandescent bulbs that came with it. The tank is planted, with java moss and java fern. It has a coconut half with a doorway cut out as a little cave. The tank is kept at 78 degrees, though now its maybe a degree or two warmer, what with the weather we're having, and its filtered using a Tetra Whisper 10i In Tank Power Filter. A little fast for a betta, but Gabe seems not to mind.
So onto a bit of exciting news!! Gabe was actually interested in his food today, which was Top Fin Tropical Fish Flakes. I like to keep his diet a little varied. It includes the afore mentioned flakes, Hikari Betta Bites, Hikari frozen blood worms, freeze dried blood worms and Hikari frozen brine shrimp.
Yeah, so like I said before, Gabe actually swam eagerly to the flakes and was chowing down like his old self. Maybe I shouldn't loose hope in his health after all. I saw a little of his old spark and now I am thinking of ways to get him tip top again.
The poor old man has a raggedy tail fin and is dull in color. I wonder if its fin rot, the arch nemesis of all betta, rearing its ugly head again? Perhaps a treatment of Maracyn II is in order. Still waiting on a reply to my thread in the emergency section to get answered.
Maybe I should test the parameters of the water while I wait?