Hi there, newbie here
First things first:
I just love this forum. It's been very very helpful.
Also I'm sorry in advance for the gigantic text bellow.
Ok, so here's the situation:
I kinda of "rescued" a betta when I was looking for a fish tank.
I wasn't going to buy one at THAT time, I was actually planning to plant the tank a little before adding fish, but oh well.
Tesla came home in a plastic bag filled with very disgusting water, so I rushed to put him in the tank. There I noticed minor fin rot. I had worked on the tank setup until very late, so treating it would have to wait (stores closed).
Today I woke up to see that my Tesla got one of his eyes slightly bloated.
I panicked a little, but I managed to buy the medicine and put him in a small betta bowl (it has only 1 liter...) for him to receive the medicine.
He seems very pissed, but i didn't wanted to put medicine with the plants around. Dunno If I am doing what's right though.
Anyway, while he was "away" I decided do a 50% water change in the tank, fiddle a little with the heater, and check the plants.
The plants had little black spots on them. One of them (forgot the name) was obviously dying so I threw it away. The other ( a Egeria densa)
is still alive but I dunno if it'll make it. Cut the parts and leaves that were dead and put it back at the tank.
It's not the very first time I try to plant a tank, but it's certainly the first time It goes THIS wrong.
To summarize things:
Plants are dead/dying.
Betta is sick.
Tank water in apparent major chaos.
What can I do to stop making things get even worse???
The only good thing it's that Tesla still eats and is exploring his "quarantine bowl" like crazy.
PS: I couldn't find ammonia/nitrate tests anywhere. So I don't know how bad it really is. I do know that the water is not smelling awfully bad, the PH is 7,2 and the temperature inside the tank is around 75ºF right now.