I bought a betta fish [tito] about 2 weeks ago from the $1 shop, I felt an urge to save the poor fish. Tito came in a small container with hazy water. He looked alright... i bought a 1.5 gal bowl and i put some live bamboo with some pebbles in it. As soon as we transferred him to his new bowl, he was a bundle of joy! swimming fast and very active.
I tried to feed him hikari pellets but he just spit them out. So then I tried bonito fish flakes and he loved them always begging for more... I don't overfeed him.. he eats about 3-5 flakes twice a day.
Tito is incredibly inquisitive and swims fast whenever he sees either my partner or me!
2 days after I bought him however he started developing a thin black edge on this tail but I did not think of anything bad because he was very active.
The black edge around his tail however started to get thicker and now his other fins look as if they are melting :( We have been changing the water 40% every other day and started treating him with Melafix 2 days ago.
We also changed him into his new 5gal tank yesterday where he is swimming faster than ever!!!!
Although Tito is still very active and eating well, he is also stays inactive for long periods of time on the top of the tank, sometimes he appears dead.. see picture!
The questions are:
- does fin rot cure?
- how long does it take to cure?
- is melafix the best medicine?
- Are bonito fish flakes ok to feed bettas?
Any other tips and advice would be highly appreciated. I love Tito! I also must confess that I don't know much about fish. i have been reading a lot about bettas lately but I am still very new to them
THANK YOU MUCH