I have had my beloved little Fish Perry for almost two yrs. For most of that time he has had some degree of fin damage. I had pretty much come to believe that it was from him biting himself, as I witness him doing this on one occasion, but It recently got much worse and I noticed a little raggedy edge to the cute , clear fin beside his face ( surely he couldn't have bitten that?? ). Soooo... After the salt treatments failed, I moved him to his old five gallon with no gravel. Just his log and two silk plants( all cleaned w very hot water ). No filter because his poor tail is so short and tattered that its hard for him to swim. I am treating him with tetracycline, per the instructions on the box. Water heater set at 80 degrees.
So two questions. First, how do I maintain the five gallon with no filter? Must I remove him from tank each week for 100 % water changes? Won't this stress him too much?
Second, what did I do wrong in the first place? Why does he keep getting this rot??
He is ( was ) in a ten gallon heated, filtered tank. Alone. Gravel, castle, cave, 4 silk plants and floating log. Heater set to 79 degrees.
I do 50-75% water changes every single week. I feed him 2-3 hikari pellets twice daily w occasional blood worms. I do vacuum the gravel when I change water. The little testing strips said that my tank was cycled, but I'm starting to wonder if they are accurate. They are very hard to read.
Could he filter be too strong for him? Stressing him out?
If I put him in a 20 gallon can I cycle the tank with him in it? Do I HAVE to cycle it? If I have one betta in a 20 gallon tank w filter, would I Have to do 100% water changes? I want to avoid taking him out of his tank.
Sorry to ramble. My friends think I nuts, but I am devoted to my little pet, and I want him to thrive. How??????