I am looking for an answer to this mess i've gotten into while researching.
I would love any clarification i can get on this matter!
I have had two female crowntail bettas in the same 2 gallon tank for over a year now, they have always got along well, i was always very careful watching their behavor, they quickly became very close over the coarse of a few days. (no chaseing , nipping or territorial behavior) I've tested the water, i have a light i keep on 10-12 hours a day, no filtration or heater, i clean and regulate myself using a siphen and thermometer. I do spot cleaning as needed ( algae scrub, netting waste and food bits) so about 10per water changes every week and full clean every month. I feed them brine shrimp once a week, and flakes every other day. When they look bloated i feed a little bit of pea after skipping a couple days of feeding.
Wedsday I noticed one of my bettas was at the bottom of the tank and appeared to have a huge open wound on her back on one side! I immediately but gently removed her and quarantined her in a 1 gal seperate container filled with clean water treated with bettafix, a pinch of aquarium salt and water conditioner.
Since then i have been watching her every day and the wound looked like it was scabing over with what appeared to be pale (she is a white betta) soft lofty tissue. She has been getting weaker but even so she doesnt show signs of flared gills, she breaths very calmly and has enough strength to get air when she needs it.
Today is the 5th day and I was alarmed to discover slightly raised scales, which i know indactes dropsy which is a symptom of infection.
I hear aquarium salt is good for healing wounds and breathing BUT i also read that the bloating from dropsy is caused by too much sodium and aquarium salt will only make it worse! I was told epsom salt is supposed to have no sodium and can be used instead. Currently I have added a drop betta revive combined with the bettafix treatment.
ALSO yes i have been keeping her temperary container clean and free of debree!
I know i am running out of time so any help will be taken seriously.