So Oberon died and I feel terrible. I assume it's natural to feel incredibly guilty when your fish dies and you don't know what you did. I mean I tried so hard to keep him healthy and happy but apparently things didn't work out. Anyway, I probably won't get another betta for a while... which means the only thing that'll be occupying my tank is my creeper ghost shrimp.
Anyway, the point of this is I'm pretty sure I know what happened to my fish (which is why I feel immensely horrible since I didn't listen to my gut) and have a few questions so I know what's going on and I can prevent things the next time around.
1) I have an under gravel filter in my 5 gallon. Is this good enough? How often should I change water? Usually I did 50/50 every week, but I bet that's not enough.
2) After the change Oberon would be sluggish and I figure that was normal, but how many days of sluggishness is normal and when does that turn into lethargy from sickness?
3) White fuzz at the tips of fins is fungus I'm assuming: how does one treat that?
4) One thing that really bothered me with Oberon was his left fin. I meant to take a picture and post it but it's too late now. Basically his left fin was more triangular than his right. The right was your usual, round fin when open. The left was pointier and he tended to keep it to his side. What would have caused this?
I know that those last two probably caused his death, or perhaps it was that I got my creeper shrimp on Saturday and it stressed him out/had stuff on him. There's no excuse but please don't tell me the obvious: that I shouldn't have ignored these things. I feel bad enough already.