I know I've been constantly asking for advice on Prada, but I just want to learn as much as possible to ensure that he has the best care possible!
So I have now made it home (6 hr drive) and have purchased a small heater for his 1.5 gl tank, along with a thermometer. However, I think I got one with too low a wattage... it is only 7.5 watts. His tank temperature is barely reaching 70 degrees now... (it has been on for over an hour). I think he needs a stronger heater. What is the best wattage for 1.5 gl tank?
My main question is about constipation and ich.
He's been constipated. He hasn't eaten at all today. He attacked a freeze dried bloodworm, but kept spitting it out every time... :( he's been trying to eat his pellets, but always spits them out for the pas few days.
I read that 3 teaspoons of epsom salt per gallon, with a steady temp of 78-82 degrees and daily water change is a good treatment. Is this true?
Also, I think he got ich... :( I made the mistake of borrowing my roommates fish net to scoop him out if his tank and place him in his carrying container, and her fish is terribly sick.
But ever since I scooped him out, he's had this foggy looking white stuff under his head and it looks like its spreading to his belly. Is it possible he caught it from my roommate's fish? I read that one teaspoon of aquarium salt per gallon of water with temperature of 85-88 degrees F for a week is good treatment. Is this true?
And if you all think it is indeed ich, which do I treat first?
Constipation or itch? Or can they be treated simultaneously?
What size is your tank? 1.5 gl
What temperature is your tank? barely 70... need new heater.
Does your tank have a filter? not anymore.
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? no.
Is your tank heated? yes.
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? none.
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? omega one with topfin freeze dried bloodworms as treat
How often do you feed your betta fish? try to 2-3 pellets 2x per day.
How often do you perform a water change? every week
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? Tetra BettaSafe Water conditioner
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters? I don't have a water testing kit yet... :/
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? That little white hazey stuff under his head
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? Not eating as he used to. has not eaten at all today. Tried to attack blood worm, but kept spitting it out.
When did you start noticing the symptoms? few days ago
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? Pet store gave us "Tetra Ick Guard" to dissolve in his water. HOWEVER they did not tell us one tablet was for 10 gl. So we broke it up as best we could for 1 gl Don't think I'll continue this treatment.
Does your fish have any history of being ill? None that I know of. Only had him for 3 weeks.
How old is your fish (approximately)? Not sure. Full grown, though.