Hello. I am new to this site and have read many of the threads but I need some help with my betta. I am a college student and so I had to bring my fish home with me for winter break and keep him in a smaller than usual tank. His fins have always been kind of scraggly but I notice they were getting shorter so I kept up with daily water changes to see if it would improve. It looked like it was starting to (he had clear/whitish ends on some fins, and I believe this is a good sign?) But then I had to take him home which involves a bumpy 5 hour ride. I was able to keep him heated on the ride and I quickly got him back into his 2.5 gallon tank when I got home. I then noticed a hole in his fin and some more black edges. So I went and bought some aquarium salt, and regretfully some melafix. Soon after adding melafix he was acting sluggish but I thought it might have just been stress from all the water changes so I left him in there for probably like 15 hours until finding out melafix can kill him! So I immediately did 100% change and he seemed a little better afterwards but now about an hour later he is just laying on the bottom of the tank. I love my fish and want him to be better but I am at a total loss of what to do. I have aquarium salt in his tank right now and I turned off his filter and the temp is at about 76. I'm worried he's both sick but also really stressed out so I don't know how often and how much water changes to do. Help!
What size is your tank? 2.5 gal
What temperature is your tank? 76
Does your tank have a filter? yes, but turned off to avoid more stress
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? Hikari betta bio-gold
How often do you feed your betta fish? twice a day, two pellets
How often do you perform a water change? Lately, every day
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? Lately, 100% or 50%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Conditioner
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed?
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? Very sluggish, clamped fins
When did you start noticing the symptoms? Yesterday
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? Aquarium salt
Does your fish have any history of being ill? No
How old is your fish (approximately)? I got him 1.5 years ago