Help? I've had Estabon (red CT betta) for almost two months now. When I first got him, he had ich (wouldn't eat, very lethargic and itchy). Then after doing a lot of research, I treated him with Quick Cure and he seemed fine afterwards (healthy appetite, energetic, bubble nests and no scratching). This was a month ago. Recently he started scratching again, so I checked for signs of ick and velvet and didn't see any so I thought it had to be some kind of internal parasite or bacterial infection. So I treated him with Maracyn Two (on the box it says that it also treat the bacteria that causes columnaris so I thought I had that covered as well). But the meds ended up caking on his side fins for some reason (I did dissolve it before I put it in the tank with Estabon). The treatment lasted for 5 days as directed but Estabon was still lethargic (the itch went away). As soon as I took him off the meds, he perked up and was swimming around like crazy but that only lasted a day, now he's back to being lethargic. He's still making bubble nests and eating like there's no tomorrow. So I don't really know what's wrong with him..
Oh and also, I've been using aquarium salt for the past 3 days, still no changes...
What size is your tank? 2.5 gallon tank
What temperature is your tank? 74 degrees Fahrenheit
Does your tank have a filter? yes
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? no
Is your tank heated? yes
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? none
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? pellets
How often do you feed your betta fish? 2 pellets in the morning and two at night
How often do you perform a water change? once a week
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 25%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? water conditioner
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters? No
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed?
After taking him off Maracyn Two he's gained his color back
How has your betta fish's behavior changed?
lethargic, bottom of the bowl or floating at the top
When did you start noticing the symptoms?
a week ago
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how?
Maracyn Two for 5 days as directed and now I have been using aquarium salt (no changes though)
Does your fish have any history of being ill?
ich that was treated a month ago with Quick Cure
How old is your fish (approximately)?
maybe 8-9 months