Hi all, my betta fish, Toaster, recently had caught Ich and after googling what to do for him I ended up purchasing the generic Jungle brand for treating ich. I cleaned out his tank, washed his plants and rocks with warm water and soap. I put in the usual tablet to make the water safe for him, and since I have toaster in a 0.5 gallon tank-for space reasons- I had cut the ich medicine tablet in half since it was huge! The next morning Toaster's face seemed to have cleared a bit, but the instructions said if it hadn't cleared in 24 hrs to place another one in, so instead I just placed the other half in. So its day 3 and Toasters face seemed to have cleared, but now he's acting strange. He hasn't eaten much in a week-originally I thought it was the ich, but maybe its something else? He sits still a lot and doesn't appear to be as active. But now he seems to be having medium bubbles coming out of his gills as now he is spending time near the surface. Where the ich was seemed to have left a "wound" of sorts, so I was wondering could he have an infection there? Do I need to go out and buy wound medicine? Or will it heal on its own. Im nervous since I read somewhere how some post-ich fish can be prone to fungus or some type of infection. I read on some other forum different things about Bettas floating and having bubbles come from their gills. They say its either:
The Fish are expressing happiness;
The male fish-Toaster is male) are building a nest- I really doubt its this one;
The fish is experiencing high amount of ammnoia concentration;
Or that the fish's gills are infected/inflamed- but I havent noticed any real discoloration.
If it's ammonia, can't I just clean out his tank? Its .5 gallon so there is no heater or filter, but I clean it once a week so I really hadn't worried about anything up until now. (Ive had Toaster almost 4 Months). Should I buy pH strips? Or products to manage ammonia levels? I'm afraid I became an owner without much research into this and I'm utterly terrified that my poor Toaster might pay the price. Can anyone give me a clue as to what is happening to him? Should I just clean out his tank(which I'm doing tomorrow morning) or should I also buy medicine for wounds/anti-fungus, and ammonia levels as well? Also my betta doesn't seem to be eating his pellets, does anyone think I should change his food? Would blood worms be a better substitute? If anyone could help me I really appreciate it, thank you!!