So I inherited Frank from my mom, who passed away in June. No one knew how to take care of him so I've been learning along the way. Unfortunately he always seems to be sick. He was sick when I took over his care. Now I'm at my wits end and don't know what to do anymore. More details below:
What size is your tank? Moved him to a 1 gallon bowl
What temperature is your tank? 78
Does your tank have a filter? no
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? no
Is your tank heated? no
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? none
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? flakes...not at home so I don't have the exact name of them.
But he seems to get constipated every time I feed him those so I just bought him pellets yesterday.
How often do you feed your betta fish? 1x a day
How often do you perform a water change? In his current living situation, once every 3 days.
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 100%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? API Tap Water Conditioner
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
Hardness: Don't have an exact number, but it's hard water.
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? Yes - his fins look ragged and seem to be getting shorter (all of his fins). I can't tell if it's fin rot or if he is chewing on them. He is also slightly bloated and floating on his side. He tries to swim around but just flips back onto his side. One of his eyes also looked swollen last night too.
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? He is still energetic and has an appetite, but he seems restless and uncomfortable.
When did you start noticing the symptoms? The fin problem started last thursday, the rest came on suddenly yesterday morning.
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how?:
Yes - I started with melafix & pimafix not knowing any better. 3 days later when his fins looked a little worse I did more research and discovered I shouldn't have given him those meds, (He was in a 10 gallon at the time) I immediately put him in his little fish bowl with clean fresh (treated) water and removed all of the water from the 10 gallon. The tank also had sand in it and upon removing one of his decorations (hollow rock) I was hit in the face with a putrid stench that smelled like perm chemicals. I completely removed the sand, rinsed out the tank and put in clean gravel & water (no decorations) and let the tank run for 24 hours. I put a measured dose of Jungle Fungus Clear in his bowl with a small amount of aquarium salt and saw no improvement in 2 days. My dad suggested I put him back in the 10 gal tank so I did, with a full dose of Jungle Fungus clear & 2 Tbs of aquarium salt. The next morning I got up and he was kind of stuck at the top, floating against the edges of the tank. I figured he was constipated because this has happened before. I hadn't fed him in a couple of days at this point. Just in case, I took him out of his tank and back into his bowl and went to work. On my way home from work I get a call from my dad - he is floating on the top on his side struggling to swim. So I did an immediate water change when I got home - 100% and only added water treatment. I also fed him a peace of pea to treat the bloating. Then later in the night I noticed one eye looked slightly swollen and discolored. In a desperate attempt to save his life I gave him a small dose of Jungle Life guard because it's all I had left at the house at 11pm at night that I hadn't tried yet. I was sure I would find him dead this morning. He was still alive and his eye looked slightly better and he seemed to be able to wright himself for a little bit before tipping back over but his stomach is still swollen, fins still ragged and he hasn't pooped in at least 3 days. I'm at work now - I may come home to him dead :(
Does your fish have any history of being ill? Yes. When I started taking care of him (he was my mother's fish, but she recently passed away) he had clamped fins. I used Jungle Fungus clear & 1/4 tsp of aquarium salt to treat him, carefully dosing him for his 1 gallon bowl, and he seemed to get better tho his fins never really looked healthy. I did weekly water changes (again, not knowing any better).
How old is your fish (approximately)? 4 months
Now what do I do? Do I do another water change tonight? Do I continue with the Jungle lifeguard? It says not to use it on an un cycled tank, and to give one dose daily for 5 days before doing a water change. Do I add salt or stay away from it? I'm keeping him in his bowl in a quiet room to keep him calm.
I feel like I am killing this poor fish
I am so attached to him and if he passes away or if I am forced to euthanize him I will be crushed. There has been so much death in my family (our dog died a week before my mom) that I just can't deal with it.