Hi All my betta, Coro (purchased adult in dec 2011) Is very sick. I have had bettas before but I am not able to access myracin 2 (spelling) so I have to treat with the medication in town. I had a few choices from API but I bought TC Tetracycline. Last night the pet shop convinced me to buy melafix in the first place I tried it once (last night) but it just didn't seem right to me so I got the TC Tetra today and put that in. He has 3 red spots on one side, and a small spot on his top fin of white?,, was lying like he was dead off and on for a week I really thought he was a gonner so that's why I didn't get him medicine until last night. The little guy wants to survive. He has a bit of a curve to him but I think it is only from not feeling well.. He hasn't eaten anything in about a week now. I did have some green algae in the tank a few times but it gets some daylight so I figured it was just from that. He did have an issue with digestion before where he was constipated, got bloated and looked almost dead but recovered. This issue started with him being very afraid of me, hiding when I came around (usually I could call him out of his tunnel). And downhill from there.
What size is your tank? - 5 gallon but I have taken some water out so he doesn't have to swim as high
What temperature is your tank? 75 - 76 but goes a little higher when the light is on for a while. Never under 75.
Does your tank have a filter? yes I have removed the media right now
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? no
Is your tank heated? yes adjustable heater as well as an external thermometer and a in-water thermometer inside the tank
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? none only him the whole time
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? I feed him pellets 3 in am and 3 in pm I think nutrafin
How often do you feed your betta fish? morning and night
How often do you perform a water change? Approx once a week
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? approx 1/4 of the water
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? I add the water decholorinator. let the water sit overnight in a bucket. heat it up to the desired temp infront of a wall heater and then add it to my tank then I add some cycle
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters? No I do not have a test kit I have had the pet store test my water before with the way I treat it and it has been fine
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? He has clamped fins. has 3 red blotches as well as what appears to be a small white area on the tip of his top fin
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? Hides, flops over, swims weak, does not eat
When did you start noticing the symptoms? I think about a week and a half now
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? I changed the water, put aquarium salt in the water, put some betta fix in the water. Started to try something else,,, some melafix for one day.... and now have the tc tetracycline
Does your fish have any history of being ill? yes he has had constipation problems I gave him a little pea and it helped.
How old is your fish (approximately)? I would say about 1 year when I got him so just over 2 years?