Phoenix, formerly known as Fruity, is doing much better over the past couple of days.
Here's the thread where I asked for help the other day...
I've only been able to treat him with aquarium salt and 100% water changes every day. He is currently in a "hospital" tank so it would be easier to treat/clean. It's been 3 days of treatment now.
My question is...I should have my triple sulfa tomorrow so do I use that or should I try to heal him with the aquarium salt? He does not act like a sick fish at all. He is very lively and alert. He's eating, granted it's flakes, but it's something. The only sign of illness is the one small red streak on his bottom fin and the fact that he's missing a part of that fin. It doesn't seem to be affecting him. He has no new tears and it even looks like he's getting new colors in.
What size is your tank? 2 gallon hospital tank until he gets better
What temperature is your tank? 78 degrees, it doesn't seem to get any warmer.
Does your tank have a filter? not in the current hospital tank
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? right now he's eating flakes
How often do you feed your betta fish? since he didn't eat for who knows how long I've been feeding him just a little bit at a time up to 3 times a day.
How often do you perform a water change? since I've been treating him with the aquarium salt, every night
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? for now 100%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? water conditioner and aquarium salt
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters? I have not tested the water
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? He seems better. Unclamped fins, more colors, less ragged edges.
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? he's very alert and active now
When did you start noticing the symptoms? I bought him Sunday night and by Monday night part of his bottom fin fell off!
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? Aquarium salt in a hospital tank with 100% water changes every night. I also don't have the aquarium light on him so he doesn't get stressed. He has the light from the room though
Does your fish have any history of being ill? He's been ill since I've had him, 3 days now
How old is your fish (approximately)? I've only had him 3 days
So what would you do? I would hate to over medicate him, but I don't want him to get worse. He's been doing so well. I'm very attached to the little guy and I've got faith in him! I just need advice from the experienced people out there on my next steps.
Here's a dark pic or two from today...like I said I don't have the aquarium light on. The pics aren't the best.