I left last night to go to a funeral up in Orlando, FL and I came back today with some Maracyn I by Mardel. I also grabbed a moss ball and some Hornwort for my 5gallon and Shif's 2.5gallon. <3
The little yellow fish is still alive, and seems more active. He's eaten a bloodworm and 3 pellets today. However, I worry about the regrowth of his fins. While some places look like they are evening out and beginning to regrow, a couple of his fins have no doubt gotten shorter... So, I'm going to give him a 100% water change, and the water that is going to be put into his tank is going to be dosed with Maracyn I. (If anyone wonders what this does: "For treatment and control of body fungus "columnaris," fin and tail rot, popeye and gill disease in...")
When I went to the PetSmart in Orlando I was amazed and thrilled at their quality of bettas and selection of products. However, I was very worried about the Fin Rot medications. I asked a man in the fish department what they had for Fin Rot because the only thing I could find was the $19.99 pack of Maracyn I. He pointed out Melafix with hesitation and Bettafix and when I shared with him my worries about how they affect bettas he said he knew what I was talking about but those were all they had for Fin Rot that was cheaper than Maracyn and easier to dose in a smaller tank. I then found the smaller packet of Maracyn I and I asked him how he recommended dosing for 5 gallons of water because I can dose 5 gallons with my water change bucket.
"For the Maracyn, take a packet and empty it out into a bowl, and mix it with 5ml of water. This makes the solution of medication for 10 gallons and makes it a liquid, easier to dose. Once you do this, take half of the liquid and mix it with 5 gallons of water. If you want to use it in a smaller tank, just pour out the water from that mixture 5 gallons that you're going to use."
For those of you that never quite know how to treat your Fin Rot due to inadequate dosage measurements. :)
In other news: If any of you are 100% experienced with doing a fish-in betta cycle in a 5-gallon tank with Dr. Tim's One and Only... Message me. I need the heater in Shif's tank because it's a pre-set and the one I'm using in the yellow betta tank right now is not. So, I'm having to put Shif in the 5-gallon planted tank that is uncycled but filtered, lighted, and heated... I need step-by-step instructions, when to test, what to test, what to do if things run high... Thanks very much.