I'll start with the basics;
What size is your tank? 2g
What temperature is your tank? 77
Does your tank have a filter? yes
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? yes
Is your tank heated? no (my apartment is kept at a steady 77 but I have a thermometer in the tank to watch it and a heater on standby just incase)
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? none
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Blood worms. I've tried everything and that is the only thing he will eat.
How often do you feed your betta fish? as much as he can eat in a couple minutes twice daily with a weekly fast.
How often do you perform a water change? Usually 2/week
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 75% and 100%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? none
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? Fins are shredded and appear shorter but no dark tips.
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? none
When did you start noticing the symptoms? shortly after he came home
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? Daily water changes and AQ salt. Just upgraded it to Maracyn and Maracyn II
Does your fish have any history of being ill? I don't know
How old is your fish (approximately)? pet shop age.
So, now that's I'll give some background. I'll start by saying I've had Betta in the past but they've never gotten sick to the point of needing medication. I had to stop about 10 years ago when I started university and now that my post grad is winding down I decided to get back into it.
After setting up the tank and making sure everything was ready I went out to the local PetsMart and picked up my boy (Howl), a beautiful Royal blue VT with hints of aquamarine and red (I'll post picks when he gets better).
When we got home I noticed some tattered fins so I added a bit of AQ salt to help the transition and heal up the fins. Now I notice his fins are still growing shorter. I pulled out the flashlight to get a better look at his fins and I don't see dark tips but they are turning white. I went out and picked up the Maracyn and Maracyn II to start treatment. This is where the advice comes in.
Usually I do daily 50% changes for a sick fish and from what I understand that is the usual, however the medication says not to change the water for 5 days while I medicate. My instinct is to ignore the packaging in this case but I just want to make sure.
Also what do people think of API's Bettafix. I saw it in the store and wondered if it would actually help the recovery or if it's just a money grab.