What size is your tank? 5 gals
What temperature is your tank? Currently, 78 degrees.
Does your tank have a filter? No.
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? No.
Is your tank heated? Yes, and is automatic. I cannot adjust the temperature.
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? One male and one female betta, divided.
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? I switch between blood worms and pellets.
How often do you feed your betta fish? I feed them every other day, switching between the two.
How often do you perform a water change? Once or twice a week.
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 50%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Some drops to keep the water clear, and Stress Coat.
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters? I am going to buy a test strip tomorrow. This is the first time in a while that I have used tap water with them, but I have the Stress Coat in. Normally I use drinking water but needed to do a water change right away.
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? Ich, white spot has shown on them.
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? The male has been darting around the past two days, and the female started today. The male has been hanging around the heater and the female darts and scratches but not as much.
When did you start noticing the symptoms? Male is lethargic, and female just started clamping her fins.
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? I went and bought Stress Coat today and added it in.
Does your fish have any history of being ill? The male has never been ill. The female was attacked once and lost her color, only gaining half of it back. She has also had swim bladder in the past and also gets bloated often when I do a water change.
How old is your fish (approximately)? The male is about 9 months and the female is a year and a half.
I have a 5gal tank divided in two and I have a betta on each side. The tank has a heater, and I use tap water but it has stress coat in it. There is no filter, but I do water changes once or twice a week.
What happened was that I was pretty dumb and went and bought two Platies from the store, and I put them in on one side of the tank. There was an ammonia spike, so I removed the Platies and my betta that was with them started acting funny a couple days ago. I thought he might have had ammonia poisoning. I added stress coat in today and did a 75% water change. I came home this afternoon and it looks like both of my bettas as just starting to get ick. There are a few small white dots on their bodies and fins. I thought it might just be from the bubbles in the water, but not my female is spazzing around and darting. I think I might have caught it at the beginning stages.
The last time one of my bettas got ick I went and bought some medicine and it worked. However, I don't have ick medicine on me at the moment, but I do have salt. I heard that Aquarium Salt also can help with ick as well as frequent water changes.
Should I try the salt method or should I go out tomorrow and buy some ick meds? I have also hear that I should clear out and quarantine the fish so the ich doesn't have a host? Any and all feedback is appreciated! Thanks.