I went back to your previous thread
. Here's a summary of that thread and this. Let me know if anything needs to be corrected.
- You got Mo (double tail) about a year ago
. During this time, he's lived both at your work and home.
- In July, the temp was about 95F
, so you brought him back to work where he immediately became listless and tattered
. He's in a 2.5 gal filtered tank at 89F. (Ammonia levels listed as OK.)
Aquarium salt added 0.2 tsp/gal.
- Someone at work overfed him. He was fasted and fed a pea.
- Photo from 7/22 indicates minor fin rot
on the anal fin. There may also be tail biting, or catching on decorations.
- You state you've been adding Aquarium salt
, but I don't see any amounts listed, or how often this is being done.
- Photo from 7/24 indicates fin rot on both the anal and caudal (tail) fins
On this thread: 8/7
- He appeared to be getting better, and his fin rot was improving.
- You left for 4 days, and returned to find him lying on the bottom, barely moving.
- He was still eating, but seemed bloated
so you fasted him and fed him a pea.
- He had been off aquarium salt for a week. You added aquarium salt again: 1 tsp/gal. Water temp 78F. Ammonia between 0-0.25ppm. Filter turned off.
- Photos from 8/7 indicate the fin rot has worsened. But main problem appears to be that he is lying on the bottom.
- 8/8 - You fasted him again and gave him a pea
. He pooped green. You added more aquarium salt and turned the filter back on
. He appeared a little stronger and more active, but was still resting on the bottom of the tank.
- 8/10 - You say he is doing better
w/ regard to activity level and eating.
- 8/17 - You say he is back to resting on his side and darting "around the tank like a lunatic." He is still eating.
- 8/18 - Photo indicates progressing fin rot along the caudal (tail) fin. Compared to the photo from 7/24, his body appears more brown? Is this the case, or is it just the photo angle/lighting? Epsom salt
was added (but I don't see a specific amount.) He has difficulty swimming and reaching the surface
. You feel the Epsom salt made him worse.
- 8/20 - He is still lying on the bottom. Breathing is labored. He still eats
when offered a pellet. Betta Revive was added, at some point. He still has buoyancy issues
- You purchased Maracyn 2, but have not used it yet.
Is that a pretty accurate account of everything that's gone on?
If the above is pretty much OK.... Fin rot is often caused by a bacterial infection (due to gram-negative bacteria). However, he also appears to have something internal going on that is affecting his buoyancy. I don't see any major bloating, and he doesn't seem to be constipated.
Is there any way you can order Kanaplex (kanamycin)
online? It's not usually available in pet/fish stores? Kanaplex is a broad spectrum antibiotic (meaning it treats lots of bacterial infections). And it's one of the few antibiotics that treats both external and internal issues.
What type of pellets do you feed him?
Can you get any mosquito larvae
? If so, feed him a few. Mosquito larvae are their natural diet, so they can digest them well and get lots of good nutrition from them.
Since he's still eating, it's important that you feed him frequent small meals
. He needs good nutrition to help his immune system fight his.
What's the water temp right now? Is the filter on or off? How often are you doing water changes?
I would keep him in clean, warm water. Do NOT feed him any more peas. They can't digest these well, and it sounds like he isn't constipated. Instead, focus on good nutrition. Mosquito larvae would be ideal....
How high is the water level in the tank? If he's having trouble reaching the surface, you can lower it. But this also means you'll have to do more frequent water changes. Frequent water changes are required to keep the toxin, ammonia and bacterial levels low.
would be a really good thing to try at this point. You'll probably have to order it online. Petsmart/Petco don't carry it, but another fish/pet store may have it or be able to order it for you, if you don't want to get it online.
If you can't get the Kanaplex, then you could try the Maracyn 2. BUT Maracyn 2 will only treat EXTERNAL (not internal) issues, and it sounds like he has both external and internal issues. Also, Maracyn 2 is much harsher on the internal organs (kidneys and liver) than Kanaplex. Since he's already having internal problems, I really worry that the Maracyn 2 could make them worse..... Again, KANAPLEX is your best option, IMO....
Keep us updated. Detailed, specific info is good. There's no such thing as 'too many' details with regard to his condition and the medications/additives that you're using, and his tank environment....