Until finding this website, we listened to advice from pet store employees...no heater, plastic plants, no filter, no light, feed once or twice a week, change water monthly. Now that our fish is obviously not doing well we're looking for advice anywhere and everywhere and wish we would have found this site before bringing the poor guy home. He is in a 2.5 gallon tank, no heater, no filter, no light. Since finding this site, we have started doing 100% daily water changes (5 days ago), adding 1 tsp. of salt in addition to the water conditioner, feeding flakes twice daily (which he's eating) and have changed out our plastic plants for silk plants. The water temp is 76 now but has been as low as 72 before I found out where it should be. Before we started doing the water changes, he had been laying on the bottom of the tank on his side for 3 days.
I hope the picture posts so his fins are visible. His fins were very flowy when we got him a year ago and now he has nothing left. ANY HELP WOULD BE GREATLY APPRECIATED!!!! Thank you!