go ahead and slap me with a wet noodle... i did things backwards. i had fish growing up and it didn't dawn on me that a betta fish would be any different than the fish we had when i was young. my 4 year old daughter wanted a betta fish and we decided it would be a good pet for her to start with.
so i bought a 1 gallon tank, some gravel, a couple plants and some betta food. then brought memo home. the 3rd day i noticed one of his fins on the bottom looked kind of shriveled. so i googled it and learned that it was fin rot. i bought some fungus eliminator and changed the water. since then i have done a complete change every other day. 5 more days passed and both fins were looking bad and getting worse. so i went to the one pet store in town (memo was bought at walmart) he gave me something called betta fix. so i started putting that in his water once a day.
my daughter and i went out of town for a few days, so hubby took care of memo. he did go an extra day before his water was changed but otherwise everything was the way i was doing it. i came back after 5 days and he has NO tail, his top fin is nearly gone and he has no back bottom fin. the 2 fins that were shriveled are still there... although still shriveled.
so i googled it again. i am really worried about him and i want to do all i can for him. so i went out and bought a 3 gallon tank, i bought some water conditioner, i took out his old plants and replaced them with silk ones, i bought a heater and i got some aquarium salt. i have that all set up and put him in his new home tonight.
i don't have a test kit yet, i know they are cheaper at the pet store so i am going to wait till tomorrow to get that. i have always used culligan water, the water stays between 78-80 degrees.
his new aquarium has a tetra filter with it. ( i am not sure what the thing in his old tank was called, it blew bubbles into the water but i am not sure it qualified as a filter) he is near a window, but he doesn't get any direct sunlight. i was keeping the light on in his tank all the time in order to keep the temp up, but now i won't need to.
i normally feed him pellets but every 2nd or 3rd day i either give him freeze dried brine shrimp or his favorite freeze dried bloodworms.
other than not having fins, he seems decently happy. he isn't lethargic, he eats when he is fed, he interacts with us. he doesn't flare anymore, but... he has no fins so i don't know how he could.
is there anything else that i should be doing to help him? how long will it take for his fins to grow back? will they grow back? should i still add the betta fix?
any advice is much appreciated. i know i should have looked all this stuff up before i even bought a fish. honestly i normally would research something before jumping in... i honestly didn't realize it would be different than mollys and guppies.