I am new to the betta world after having goldfish for many years and have gotten my first little betta named Klaus :) I put him on hold for about 1 week, came to pick up and I saw he had developed fin rot. I brought him home and it started to clear up, but has not completely healed! I also couldn't seem to get rid of the ammonia in my tank until I learned my tank won't most likely cycle as it is too small.
I'm now onto doing 100% water changes (since yesterday) and I am wondering if I should treat this fin rot, as it's been around for about 3 weeks now or should it sort it self out now I'm doing 100% water changes?
What size is your tank? 2.5 gallons
What temperature is your tank? 26-29 degrees celsius
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
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? No other fish
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Atison's Betta Food and sometimes Brine Shrimp or frozen blood worms
How often do you feed your betta fish? Once or twice a day
How often do you perform a water change? I was doing very regular 50-70% ones for the first 3 weeks (every few days or so). Now I think I'll do a 100% water change once a week, and maybe a 50% in there too?
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? Was doing 50%-70%, did my first 100% yesterday
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Was using stress coat, but now have switched back to Prime. I also add Stability
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters? Not sure if you guys still want this, as my tank won't cycle? I'll do it if you need to know :)
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? Fin rot heals a bit, but then comes back
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? No, he seems to be a very happy and active fish
When did you start noticing the symptoms? When I got him, or before I got him actually
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? No, I was trying to do regular water changes and was adding stress coat
Does your fish have any history of being ill? No
How old is your fish (approximately)? Not very old, I've had him for 3 weeks and he is tiny compared to other betta's I've seen.
So I'm just wondering should I treat with salt? Pimafix? Melafix? Or just leave it for a bit longer? I'm not sure how to treat a betta, as I see some people do not recommend salt of melafix. So I would love some help.