This is my sister's VT, Autumn. We've had him for a while, but my sister is a little lazy and inconsiderate, and totally not responsible, really. She feeds him, but she doesn't clean his tank. All she does is add water when it's needed. He lives in a 1 gallon unheated bowl, and quite honestly, I'm surprised he has gone this long without dying of ammonia poisoning. When I cleaned his tank, there was SO MUCH left over food on the bottom, it was insane. I told her that when he doesn't eat it, you're supposed to take the food out, but she never does. There were at least 20 pellets on the bottom of the bowl, and the tank smelt HORRIBLE.
I convinced her to let me house him in my room, in my hospital tank. It's heated, but only to 78 because I want him to get used to having a heater and not send him into shock. I'll slowly start upping it to 82, probably. My fish have had absolutely no issues at that temperature, and I think my male actually likes the temperature more at 84 than 82. For now, I'm keeping Autumn at 78, though. I'll wait until water change day and up it a little.
The only medications I have are AQ salt and Stress Coat. I've treated him with both, so hopefully he'll at least improve a little. He's never had either, so he shouldn't have an immunity to either. What I really want to know is what else should I do for him? After the questions and answers, I'll post pictures of him.
What size is your tank? 3 gallon
What temperature is your tank? 78 degrees
Does your tank have a filter? No
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? Aqua Culture Betta food, but trying to start him on Omega One Marine Pellets
How often do you feed your betta fish? Hasn't been eating more than one pellet a day, but is fed twice a day, two pellets per meal
How often do you perform a water change? He was previously in my sister's care and rarely had his water changed, but now his water changes are twice weekly
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? One 50% and one 100%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Usually just Aqua Safe conditioner, but since he is ill, I added Stress Coat and AQ salt
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters? No
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? He has really bad fin rot, and his gills look swollen
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? He's lethargic and doesn't swim around as much, usually just staying in one spot
When did you start noticing the symptoms? A few months ago, but we couldn't afford to buy him a heater or a bigger tank. He's currently in one of my hospital tanks and now staying in my room until he gets better and my sister can afford to get him better living conditions
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? Stress Coat and AQ salt
Does your fish have any history of being ill? Only fin rot, from what we can see
How old is your fish (approximately)? Got him over a year ago