Hey guys, can anyone help?
I bought a betta about a week ago and thought I could keep it in my small 2 gallon tank with out a filter and my ADFs. I could not. It was way to dirty so on Sunday I bought a Betta Bow 2.5 gallons. Monday I put the fish and frogs in. They seem to be doing great. The fish is swimming a lot and eating without hesitation and the frogs are looking very comfortable with their decorations.
Now for the problem. The male betta's eyes looked a bit bulgy before I moved him over to the cleaner tank. In the cleaner tank I added half a teaspoon of salt, as recommended for all new tanks, and acclimated all of the inhabitants accordingly. It's been 24 hours and there hasn't been any improvement in my bettas eyes but there hasn't been and degression either. I'm wondering if it has something to do with the frog's food. This food is terrible and breaks apart in about 20 minutes into a thousand pieces. It also clouds the water pretty badly. I'm buying new food today which I hope will work much better and tomorrow I'm going to do a 30% water change. It's only been running for about 24 hours but after I fed the frogs the water got very cloudy. This also may have been the buddha decor I put in too but the old tank was always very cloudy because of that terrible food. At also creates a nasty smell in the tank which the new tank has picked up shortly after feeding them. With the water change tomorrow and prefilter, carbon/mechanical filter running I'm hoping the smell and the cloudiness will dissipate.
He had a split in his fin which healed in a few days, almost completely, and is otherwise looking great! I'm just concerned about his eyes. I can't really afford the ten bucks, I'm already 40+ deeper than I planned on, right now for medicine PLUS I have read in many places that medicine is a bit more dangerous. I can definitely do a short term salt bath in a betta cap. Ten minutes to 30. Any tips anyone? Thanks!
In the video, even though it's poor quality, you can kind of see the eyes when I zoom to the fish.
I've read that their mouths will bloat outward and there were other signs. In the video the fish looks completely healthy otherwise. Thanks again!
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EPpsM92Jtl4"]Betta and African Dwarf Frogs. (Poor Quality). - YouTube[/ame]
Oh, and one more question. Lighting. I don't have an extra outlet for the light. Does it need to be on? I'd prefer keeping it off because I hate all those wires. Plus, it's another ten bucks for a full spectrum light instead of this terrible incandescent that's basically orange. I'd also assume that since these four wonderful creatures live in murky water in the wild that have sufficient lighting, as in the room light which is kept on 12 hours a day, would be more than enough to keep them happy.
I would appreciate your advice but if I disagree please do not be offended. :). I love to discuss. I love to learn. I love to debate. Hehe.