Okay...so there was this rescue yesterday...and I was hoping that clean, warm water would get him at least *slightly* better (like well enough to eat)...but no such luck. So, coming here for help with Oscar. I'm afraid he's really too far gone, but he's a fighter and he's still alive 24 hours after coming home. Where there's life, there's hope.
What size is your tank? He's in a small shoe-box sized plastic container, with about three inches of water in it. Just enough to cover my heater safely. I'd say it's not more than 1/3 to 1/2 of a gallon in there.
What temperature is your tank? 78
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? nothing, QT
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? I'm trying NLS, but he's too weak to eat
How often do you feed your betta fish? attempted twice daily
How often do you perform a water change? daily
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 100% (just too small a container to do anything else but 100% daily)
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? conditioner with aloe for his gills
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
He's changed 100% every day. I have only tested my tap water for ammonia, and it's at 0 prior to coming into contact with fish and other ammonia producers.
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed?
How has your betta fish's behavior changed?
When did you start noticing the symptoms?
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how?
Does your fish have any history of being ill?
How old is your fish (approximately)?
Here's all these at once:
He came from a LFS yesterday afternoon. I'd been seeing him there for the last two or three weeks, and he was small, but seemed relatively healthy, I thought someone would come and take him home. Then, yesterday I stopped in to see if they had any girls...and I found him. He was pitiful, lying on his side in the cup, gasping, when he did move he attempted to swim but seemed to fall back and sit on his tail. (no spinal curvature, it's like he's using his tail to hold the rest of him closer to the surface)
His color is a muted green with red on his fins (no stress stripes...which is a shock), and he's a CT, but he looks horribly malnourished, like he's wasting away. He's small, but it's as if he has NO muscles at all. His head and thorax are relatively normal sized, but then he just tapers down to this tiny, tiny little body and tail after that. No bloating, no shedding scales, he's not clamped (actually fans out his fins most of the time), but he's definitely got swelling in his gills from the ammonia. He lies on the bottom of the container on his side, and only moves when he feels threatened, like I'm going to cup him. Complete disinterest in food, doesn't even try to lie near the surface on leaves. I even put two kitchen sponges in the water and weighted them with stones to see if he would want to lie on those and be near the surface, but he shies away from them.
I believe that the majority of his problems are just from being a cup for so long, being unable to move and swim normally, getting crappy food, and being in awful water conditions...but I want to make sure that there's not anything else I can do to help him?
I'm afraid that if he won't eat, then he's not going to get any better because without food, he can't build up his immunity, and he can't build muscle either.
To be honest, I'm surprised he's made it this far...Poor little guy. I just didn't want him to die alone, unloved, and unnamed in a tiny plastic cup. :(
Poor little Oscar.
Any help is greatly appreciated. :(