Its awesome that he is eating, and good thinking introducing him back to eating pellets. I don't think that 4-6 shrimp is overfeeding, him (my healthy little piglets will eat about as much, if not more if I let them). Making sure that he sees the pellets as a food source will be the best for him, though, so that he continues to be healthy when he leaves your care.
You are doing an excellent job bringing him back to health. :) I'm so glad that he is getting better.
Fin growth definitely depends on the fish, the tank conditions, what he is fed, and a bunch of different little things. Alex's fins are so short that I can't really tell what tail type he is, so I can't say for sure. fresh water and the AQ salt will definitely do worlds of good, and you may see new growth in a few days, to a week, but as far as the fins growing back fully, that could take weeks, to months, depending on the fish.
He's eating frozen brine shrimp atm and today, I decided to let my son feed him. Alex took to his pellet like he was starving and managed to ingest it without alot more ease than he has in the past, so I'm no longer worried about food confusion. :)
I'm starting to wonder if it's his tank distorting his eyes and not popeye. I'm also wondering if his original coppery color was the beginning of body rot. I'm surprised at how much more blue he is in the afternoon light.
Here's today's picture taken with my phone with no photo-adjustment. You guys can judge his progress for yourself. Bear in mind that the very first image was taken with the same phone, at night, without a flash and photo-adjusted so you he didn't look like a little dark blob. He looks a little more coppery to me than this picture, but maybe it's because of how his body is bent. You can see hints of that copper on his underside and the base of his tail.
I'm not 100% sure, but I'm almost positive that rot isn't affiliated with a coppery color.
If you look at him with a flashlight (or a light of some kind that's bright enough to let you see his scales more clearly) does he look like he had a dusting of maybe a goldish color? That could POSSIBLY indicate velvet, but if it's coppery, it could just mean it's an iridescent sheen to the coloring, which is normal for a lot of bettas.
Also, Cheese and I have been debating back and forth, and we think it's possible that Alex is a girl, though it's hard to tell 100% because of the lack of fins. But especially in this new picture, the shape of the body makes me think "girl." [but it's not for sure, just a thought]
I decided to do a quick check on Alex before hopping on the forums and found him floating at the top of the tank and struggling to swim down.
After a brief bout of panic and some quick websearching, I'm guessing I overfed him brine shrimp and gave him a swim bladder problem :/
After his nightly water change, I'm going to fast him for the night and see if that helps clear things up, then switch back to pellets for half his meals.
You know, the first thing I asked the teacher was whether Alex was a girl.
She was adamant he was a boy, but I just went and shined a flashlight on him again and thought I saw hints of horizontal banding (one short one at about eye level, behind his head and two thin wispy ones at the halfway point and below.
They're still too faint to be conclusive, but the other two boys in the house have 100% lack of banding. Do juvenile females grow into their stripes? They got Alex at the beginning of the school year, which would make him over 4 months old.
After looking at him a second time, and getting my wife as a second opinon, it looks like he doesn't have velvet, but may be a she.... Which would be great, from a finnage perspective.
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