Hi Everyone, I'm new to this forum, but I've been reading posts for about a week and have learned a lot, although, my fish isn't getting better. At first, I thought he might have SBD and fin rot. I noticed the SBD symptoms about 3-4 weeks ago when he was having trouble swimming, so I fasted him for about a week and fed him a small bit of a cooked pea. Then it looked like his tail shredded overnight (which might be tailbiting?). After reading this forum I treated him for a few days in a QT with 1tsp/gallon of Aquarium Salt. Now he's been in a tank for 4-5 days with 1-2tsps/gallon of Epsom salt with no improvement. I'm not sure what else to do.
What size is your tank? 2.5 gallons
What temperature is your tank? ~78
Does your tank have a filter? yes
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? no
Is your tank heated? yes. A Hydor nonadjustable heater.
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? none
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Aqueon pellets ( but I'm going to get the omega one betta buffet) and a freeze-dried bloodworm once a week
How often do you feed your betta fish? 3 pellets every two days
How often do you perform a water change? i was changing it about 50% every month, but (after reading this forum) once he gets better I'm going to do 50% every 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? Api stress coat plus (double the dose for the fins)
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters? I did when he first got sick and the people at petco said everything was fine. Since then I've been changing the water every couple days.
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? His tail (which was healing from rot/ADF biting) was shredded overnight
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? he's lethargic with clamped fins and scared of everything. He's either on the top head up or on the bottom head down and breathing heavily. He also darts around the tank then usually settles on the bottom.
When did you start noticing the symptoms? about 3 weeks ago.
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how?
I fasted him for a week, did a 100% water change, added 1tsp of aquarium salt/gallon, and fed him part of a pea. When that didn't help I transferred him to a quarantine tank and did 100% water changes for a few days with aquarium salt. Then I learned he needs Epsom salt for SBD and have been treating him with that for four days.
Does your fish have any history of being ill?
I previously kept him with an ADF (bad idea) and the frog chewed at him so he started losing his tail. I treated him with aquarium salt and stress coat and he seemed fine.
How old is your fish (approximately)? I got him in May of last year so maybe between 1-2 years.
This is what he looked like when I first got him
And this is what he looks like now: