I've just come home to find that our Betta had wedged himself into the hole of the terracotta pot we had in the tank. He had already lost two pieces of fin. I took him and the pot out and shattered it on the floor to get him out as quickly as possible!
He's still breathing but has gotten a lot of damage. He's white where he chafed against the hole and like I said has lost two pieces of his fins. Currently he is just lying on the sand, breathing but not swimming although his front fins are moving all the time.
PLEASE GIVE ME ANY AND ALL SUGGESTIONS AS TO HOW I CAN SAVE HIM!!!
If he survives long enough he'll probably get fin rot. But treating him with the normal medicines might be too harsh. I read a thread on treating Bettas with Rooibos tea to treat fin rot. Should I try this? I think it's least invasive.
I don't think we should move him to another container because he might get even more stressed by that. The tank has a filter so I hope the water is oxygenated enough for him, or should I move him closer to the filter to make sure?
Please please please help us!
I have posted this on a South African forum and they have suggested to cover the tank and keep it dark, not move the Betta and to treat him with Tetra General tonic or Bio-Elite Heal all. But they warned that I can't use the Tetra General in a filtered tank as it damages the biological filter, and most have had bad experiences with Bio-Elite Heal all. It has also been suggested to increase the temperature to 27 or 28 degrees Celsius but I'm not sure if the Hillstreams (specifically) will be able to handle this.
A description of our tank:
27 liters with heater and thermometer (25 degrees Celsius), a corner filter containing activated carbon, floss and Sera Siporax and another separate sponge filter. One full spectrum fluorescent lightbulb.
1 x Betta splendens
1 x Banjo pleco
3 x Hillstream loaches
Planted with various plants, one piece of driftwood.
It is a new tank that has already finished cycling but has only been up and running for almost 2 months.
Thanks in advance for any and all help!