I'm hoping to get some advice on my sick Betta. To give some background, I've had him for about 3 years and he has had one ailment after another. He started out with swim bladder issues then got Popeye, then he got a cottony growth. I was able to treat both but he then kept getting more cottony growths which I think were fungus. He had a bump by one of his gills that would get the fungus often and that gill seemed to stop opening all of the way.
Once I finally had the fungus under control, he now started pineconeing and has a grey area on his underside. It also looks like his skin on the underside has been eaten away a little.
I was trying to find out the best treatment for this and I think it sounds like it is Wasting Disease. One post I saw recommended API General Cure and Epsom salt. I've sprinkled a little epsom salt in but wasn't sure what the proper dose should be for a 1.77 gallon tank. I also would like to know what the proper dose of API General Cure should be? Would you recommend API General Cure for these symptoms? It is powdered and each packet treats 10 gallons. I haven't used any yet because I want to make sure I dose the tank correctly for the size.
Any advice on the dosing or other help with his medical condition would be greatly appreciated.
I was also wondering whether it is true that the Pimafix and Melafix made by API is bad for Bettas? This is what the pet store recommended to me and I'm worried that this has hurt my Betta more. I read that the Tea Tree oil can be damaging to Bettas. I have also used another treatment with Melakite Green, which I noticed someone on the forum said was bad for Bettas, is this true?
I have stopped running the filter because it doesn't work without using the filter cartridge and I was worried that the filter probably has carbon which will make the treatment ineffective, is this ok?