OK... just went to the store to try out a pack of Neon Tetras with my (what I think) fairly docile Betta all alone in a 10 gal tank... got distracted and ended up buying another male Betta- a crowntail this time (felt more sorry for him more than the Tetras).
He's tiny compared to the other Bettas I've seen at this particular store... actually all of the crowntails were tiny... they must have just been brought in- he's probably 1/3 the size of my veiltail (maybe
1'' maximum). Pretty little sucker if I do say so myself. Anyway...
I always keep my new Bettas in a 1 gallon glass bowl next to the couch so I can watch them for awhile, check them out, etc. This guy looked to be in OK shape in the store... the water was pretty roughed up and the container not quite clear...
Ends up he has a small fuzzy spot on his tail, kind of a yellowish color, almost white. From what I've read this is fin rot? He spends 5-7min on the bottom of the tank, gills flapping like crazy, then he'll dart around like mad for 3-4min and then flutter on the bottom for another 5-7. I know this is his first night, but normally they'll float at the surface, not the bottom and then warm up over the next 24 hours. He hasn't eaten anything. I just got done putting 1/2 teaspoon of [table] salt in his water to start some rudimentary therapy for his fin. What else can I do? I can't make it back to the pet store until Friday or Saturday.
Thanks in advance! I hope the little guy pulls through! They don't make intubation tubes in Betta size!
I made sure to put the dead Betta I found at the back of the shelf right in the middle of all the Betta food at eye level so people will see it
I'll probably be back next week for another!