Hello! I am a new proud momma of a little betta I rescued on Saturday from some horrid living conditions. He basically was handed over to me in a mason jar of filthy water that was almost pinkish and smelt terrible. I have no info on when he was last fed or how old he is. I am horrified I might lose this lil boy because he really doesn't seem to be doing so hot.
His symptoms basically consist of him floating on his side at the top of his tank. If I tap on the glass gently or wiggle my fingers over him he will respond with some movement but it is rare he willingly swims of his own volition. I posted on here the other day and received some grade-A advice as far as what I would need for him goes. I began with a small bowl that I purchased (something cheap until I could do research on what would be best for him) and did complete water changes every day for him of conditioned water. He seems to improve a bit then go back to exactly how he was before.
He is currently in a new 5 gallon tank with a water heater to keep it at a comfortable 76-78*, the water is conditioned and I added predissolved pure dye free and perfume free epsom salt into it. I let him adjust to the new warmer temperature before adding him in. He has only been in there a few hours but I guess I am just still worried. I have owned other species of fish before and have done many rescues (fish are kind of my passion, especially gourami) and when I saw this lil guy I just couldn't leave him and jumped at the chance to take care of him when he was offered to me.
ANY other suggestions or comments would be appreciated. Please, I need all the help I can get. Does anyone know what might be causing him to float on his side? Any other suggestions? He refuses all food and it doesn't sound like he has been fed anything in a while. Any suggestions would be most appreciated! Thanks!