I was gone on vacation and had asked my brother (much better with fish than I am...) to take care of my betta. While he was taking care of him, he noticed that his eyes were hazy and he had spots on him. I'm not sure if this is ick or a fungal infection. Should I treat with aq. salt? I also have a snail in his tank... is it okay to use salt with him in the tank? I don't have a quarantine tank but I could get one. Whats the recommended size for one - 1 gallon? He is in a 5 gallon tank and all the water parameters are fine. The water temperature is 81.5 degrees currently. My brother did a full water change a week ago and I did a 2/3 water change today. He hasn't been interested in his food but I think its just because hes been sick of his food. He has been clamping his dorsal fin lately and he likes to hang out around the bottom of the tank (until he starts to sleep - then he hangs out on his hammock up top).
I'm not sure what to do to make him better?? Please help!
What size is your tank? 5 gallon
What temperature is your tank? 81.5 degrees
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? one snail
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? new life spectrum betta formula - pellets
How often do you feed your betta fish? 2/day
How often do you perform a water change? 1/week
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 50-75%
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? --just changed the water today--
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? hazy eyes, white spots
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? lethargic, clamped dorsal fin, not interested in food unless he hasn't eaten in a day
When did you start noticing the symptoms? a few days ago
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? n/a
Does your fish have any history of being ill? yes - ripped fins
How old is your fish (approximately)? 4 months?