Hello! First betta, first post :]
I've been doing a lot of reading and am currently fish-in cycling (I know, not ideal, but no other option) a 10g tank with a betta, african dwarf frogs, and ghost shrimp.
My betta came with what looks like mild fin rot. My first question is: can you confirm this diagnosis? Here are pictures:
As soon as I noticed fin loss, I've kept him quarantined him in 2 gallons of fresh, prime-treated water. As per the sticky
, I've begun treating him for rot by adding 2tsp of dissolved aquarium salt to his QT tank (1tsp/1gallon).
Now comes my second question: I've read that scooping betta out of their tank and doing a 100% water change is bad for them. However, the ammonia levels in the QT tank build up very fast, and so merely doing a 50%-75% change daily means there is still as much as .25ppm of ammonia left in the tank and (I assume) this is bad for the treatment process. Also, doing 100% changes helps make it easier to maintain a 1tsp/gallon salt content without the possibility of over-dosing.
So should I continue to scoop my betta out of his QT tank every day and refill it with totally fresh salt-treated water even though he clearly hates the scooping process? Or should I stop this behavior and just leave him in the QT while doing twice-daily 50% changes while adding 1tsp of salt each time?
Thanks so much for your help!