My fish has a case of ich, which I am currently attempting to treat. This is about the second day of treatment. Right now I'm keeping him in a small container of clean water until I can clean his tank out, which I will do as soon as I can. I'm concerned about him though...he never swims at all. He just sits with his fins clumped, unless I feed him. In addition, today I noticed that the top of him looks sort of swollen, or bigger than it was before. So I am wondering...
1. Are these part of ich and will they go away when he is cured? (I wouldn't think so, but it doesn't hurt to ask)
2. What is the best procedure to go about treating a fish with ich? I've never had a sick betta like this before, and I'm not totally sure.
3. If the clumped fins and "swollen" body are NOT part of ich, what are they?
4. How long does it normally take to cure a fish of ich?
For reference, I have about a 1-gallon tank with a light, but no heater. The filter is not real complex...there's a tube with a circumference that's slightly larger than a penny down the middle of my tank, and inside THAT tube there's another, smaller tube that has air pumped through it to sort of create a flow throughout the tank. I unfortunately do not have the moolah to spend on a new tank or heater.