A few days ago I wrote about Eastwood's diminishing health. I had an outbreak of ich in my 55 gallon tank that he is (was) housed in, and he got hit the worse. He won't eat, not even his bloodworms. He's taking deep gulps of air and blowing bubbles out of his gills, but of course he wasn't showing any white spots from ich. He wasn't even iching like my other fish were.
Unfortunately I had to leave for two days for my great grandmother's funeral, so I of course wasn't able to treat him or keep an eye out. My aunt took care of my animals, but she doesn't know anything about fish other than how to feed. As a result, Eastwood didn't get any treatment at all. He didn't get ich meds and daily water changes (because he's now in a ~1.5 gallon tank and seriously needs help).
Of course, I got home and saw him and he's so bad now... I wouldn't be surprised if I lose him tonight, honestly. He's FINALLY showing visible signs of ich. He's got shiney white all over his gills, which are swollen. I have a feeling he's gulping air and forcing it out of this gills because it relieves some pain he's feeling. His caudal region is swollen, which I have a picture of below. He hasn't eating is almost a week now.
If anyone can give me some last resort methods to saving him, please let me know! :(
I never thought I'd be so close to a fish. I bought him from walmart two or three years ago, I'm surprised he has lasted this long. He has always been a great fish, so peaceful and kind in a way. Who thought a betta could be kind and peaceful? It's what I love the most about him. I was planning on breeding him this christmas. I want to have more of his peaceful, spotted, and beautiful babies. :(
Here are pictures of his current state:
swollen caudal and gills
ich on gills (plus paleness)
more BAD ich on gills
I feel so guilty and bad for him.
I wish I could do more. Should I make an emergency trip for aquarium salt or something else? I literally only have $12 at the moment...