He's been sick for a while now. After the first occurrence of fin rot and clamp he recovered and got well again. His fins were growing back rapidly.
Then after switching him into a gallon jar I got from Wally he developed fin rot again.
It hasn't gone away since.
I've followed all of Old Fish Lady's instructions. I've followed everyone else's instructions.
I have spent over 200 dollars on him.
I can't spend any more money. I just don't have any more to spend.
I will try taking him off of his salt baths again for a week and starting it back up again later.
I'm looking at him now as I type and he has a random hole in his dorsal fin.
I'm convinced it's from the rot that won't leave him.
Now he's having trouble swimming because of said hole, even though it's tiny the current from the incredibly small whisper filter I just bought him is flowing through it.
I would give you a picture but they don't work half the time anymore.
I have no idea what to do anymore.
I'm going to update with parameters in a few minutes. Gonna test the water after I post.
If he dies I really don't think I'll ever get another.
Gunther, my first, lived 8 months.
He died from my ignorance.
He was in a 1 gallon aquaview, and the room was a constant 98-100 degrees, not to mention the heat from the incandescent. He was far too hot.
I also had him in a tank with plastic plants that effectively helped to rip his fins.
The Second, Independence, died purely from accident... but in my opinion still ignorance.
He died from water shock because I was too eager to get him and patriot in cleaner water and a better home.
I should have checked the temperature first but it completely slipped my mind.
If Patriot dies there is no excuse. His immune system has been weak ever since the water shock he lived through.
It's my fault
I have been given every opportunity
and every piece of advice
to get him better, and have still failed to do so.
I have no idea if this rot will ever go away. I've lost hope of it anyways.
I will still treat him continually, every day as I have been doing, with the utmost care and attention.
What I want to know is your HONEST
opinions. I want to know the Truth
want sympathy, I don't
want sugar coating.
I also don't
want Alienbetta1 or anyone else spamming this thread for a higher post count when they can't give any solid advice or experienced opinions. This has nothing to do with age.
It has to do with experience
Honestly, tell me if I'm just horrible at this.
If I am
I'll give my tanks and my Patriot to my sister, Wally.
She hasn't had nearly as much trouble with her fish and I know she'd love to have him.
If I'm not
any extra advice would be wonderful, but I can see why I wouldn't be given any.
I want the best for this fish, whether it is me taking care of him or not. And if giving him away is the best choice I'll do it.
I apologize for wasting your time.