Hey guys, I just wanted to share what I found today.
Wal-Mart really doesn't take care of their fish, and I don't buy any from them on principle but I stumbled upon this guy tonight and it was bring him home or let him suffer.
I thought if you guys could give me any advice or pointers it was worth posting here. (Please be gentle, I haven't owned a betta in over ten years, or any fish for that matter. I also am a newly single mom of two, so I can't really spend money on heaters and fancy stuff, I just wanted to help.)
I bought a little 1.5 gallon tank, no heater, has a filter and an aerator. I used distilled water and added a water conditioner tab, some drops of start right (they sounded essentially like the same thing, but the drops added the slime and said it promoted healing) And one drop of the QuIck Cure. I let him hang out in the container he came home in, and floated that in his new tank for a while. Then I put him in the tank with some of the water he had been in, and he even ate a little bit.
His color is a lot better than it was. He was pretty pale, but he's been home for several hours and he looks already like he's got some more color to him. Though I could just be wanting it so bad, that I'm imagining it.
Under his jaw doesn't look quite so normal, it's black and looks like some of it may be missing (?) but that could just be his coloring or the fact that I'm not used to bettas these days.
He's got what looks like some whiteness right where his fin (the one directly behind his head) connects to his body.
He's got white spots on his head and face, but it looks like many of his scales have fallen off, so it could just be that.
I just read about adding aquarium salt, so I might try to do that if it's not too expensive. If I add AQ, do I HAVE to do a water change daily? I'm a full time college student/mom/getting a divorce/insert other excuse here/am exhausted and my financial means are limited.
Will he improve if I just stay the course we're on now? daily water treatments? Will the QuIck Cure help, just not as quickly? Sorry, I really do want the little guy to succeed, just am limited to my options.