i'm new to the betta word as well as this site. i recently adopted mr. spiderman from one of my friends because she was moving out of state and could not take him with her. she told me that they killed their first one within months and thought that this one was going too, but was willed back to life. my point being, i don't think he was in good shape when we got him in the first place (about a month ago). but now with all i've learned in the past couple hours i realize how much more we are (or aren't) doing correctly for him!!!
i have my list of supplies to get as soon as the stores open in the morning, but i'm not sure what should be done first.
first and formost, i need a heater (poor guy, i had no idea--i've only ever had goldfish!!!). also, i don't think either of us (my boyfriend and i) knew about the water cycleling and we were just doing 100%changes. of course he's been being treated for fin rot too so i don't know if too much medicine has been staying in the tank or not, but i imagine so. he also has these new spots on his body near his face--i don't know what it is, but it doesn't look good. they look like tears or peeling though and i think there are 2 of them as of a couple days ago. i'll try to get some pics up later today if not the next.
so my first concern is the water. (this is a 2 gallon tank btw) should i do one more 100% change now to make sure there is only the amount of meds in there that is needed and get it nice and clean for him or should i start with 50% change first???
next, if what is on his face is a fungus or something like that, should i try to find something for both that and the fin rot so i don't have to add so much to his water? also, i read somewhere about taking the carbon out when treating the tank and replacing it once treatment was finshed. i read the intructions on the meds to do this, but was under the understanding that you placed it back in when you were done with that treatment not all
treatments--which is it???
he's definetely being a picky eater (mainly because he is sick i'm guessing), but i was thinking about getting him some frozen bloodworms to get his appeitte back up. is this a good idea or should i wait until he is feeling better???
well i think this is all for now. if i've missed anything, i will get back on here and let you know. i really hope it is not too late for spiderman. he still seems really cheerful when there's activity around his tank (he and my cat played for about 30 minutes a couple days ago...she, batting at the tank to say hi and he was flapping his little fins and swimming around--and than some time just looking at each other (better than him hidding in his castle all day...) he seemed thankful for the company :)