AP liquid test kits
GH: (defective kit - no way is GH over 700)
Filtration: air-driven UGF (been cycled for years)
Maintenance: Pythoned 1x/mo; conditioned tap water
Other life: plants, few snails
Food: snail eggs/babies, betta food, dried blood worms
Lighting: ~12 hours
: I bought him at (don't flame me) Wally World for $4. He was the last betta left alive Xmas before last, and he was healthy and beautiful at that! I was crying in line, because I didn't want to leave him to certain death, so my friend told me to go get him. I ran over and bought him. He instantly bloomed in his new home, and I named him Comet, because his color reminds me of a comet, with his beautiful reticulated, irridescent blue body with orange fins trailing behind him with blue spines. He loves to display to the snails and occasionally play "snailsketball," which is bouncing floating snails around the surface of the water. He has a billion places to hide but rarely does, only retreating to his cave to sleep at night. Stupidly, I never took a photo or movie of him.
: He's had a greyish slime on his head before, after a big power outage. I was accidentally treating him with tea tree oil unsuccessfully. He had appetite, and with a big water change, temp increase, garlic juice, and (probably unecessarily) an antibiotic food, he recovered fully. He loved to eat the garlic bits, btw.
After that incident, I check his head almost every day. Last week I noticed some fluffy fungus on his gill covers and at the base of his pectoral fins, and the grey slime came on again a little bit the day after. I immediately went for the garlic, checked the water and such, but he didn't get any better. By the time I decided to try the antibiotic food a couple days later, he'd lost his appetite. He just hid in his cave all day. So, I resorted to trying some Maracyn.
Two days later, his head looks all better (been on garlic for almost a week now,) but he's still not eating. Actually, I don't know if he's eating any garlic, but the baby snails aren't disappearing. He is out of his cave today and colored up when I turned on the light. However, I haven't seen him go up for air yet. Not sure if his gills do anything (he's pumping them a bit,) so I turned down the heat a little to help oxygenate the water. I can turn up the bubbles if needed but don't want to create a current unless necessary. Today's the first day in three days I've had the light on, so the plants can breathe. I haven't added any salt. It's been about three(?) weeks since I did tank maintenance.
So, basically, he may be on the mend, but I'd like to know if there's anything else I can try. I have been feeding the tank, because everyone else needs food still, and just in case he gets his appetite back.
Thanks for any suggestions,
(I'll update this if I think of anything else.)