Oldfishlady and TaylorW, thanks for the advice.
I will stop putting salt in. I was adding salt because I thought it was good for him, and because I was worried there weren't enough minerals and things in the water following the water treatment.
I will just do water treatment alone from now on.
Wally I have pH testing, it's at 7.0 right now.
I don't have an ammonia test kit though, I want to test my ammonia so I may have to special order one.
Oldfishlady, can I cycle my tank on a little pump filter like I have? I was under the impression I needed a proper filter. Like a large one that sits along the back of the tank.
It's a aquarium wool + gravel filter, as pictured.
Oldfishlady, ..so you think that I should not change the filter contents - rather just take the wool out and rinse it in the old water to remove solids and junk when I do my water changes?
Incidentally I did a 50% water change today. Added salt :(
(I will make sure not to do that from now on)
.. but at least he has clean water now. So.. once a week 50% water changes with this kind of filter is okay? Or with this small filter is 50% changes twice a week better?
The plants I have are Anarchis.. they seem to be most resilient, the only plants I've had that actually grow by themselves.
I want to float some juniper moss on the waters surface though.
Here's my filter:
I added the tube to direct bubble flow into the corner and make the water less agitated, as Betta's prefer apparently.
My current setup:
And while I have your kind attention Oldfishlady, do you have any tips for diet?
I took your advice on shrimp/spinach/garlic but I couldn't mash it well-enough and make a paste and gave up. I need to get a food processor. Recently due to his little illness he hasn't been eating much, (he had a lump on his throat and a red gill. Lumps gone and gill seems better.. keeping an eye..) and I fear he has minor constipation due to a lack of poop on the ground and reduced appetite (although there's no physically visible bloating and he still eats a pellet or two a day. But he used to eat more..).
I think I will get the food processor and try your recipe but in the mean time, any tips on getting him to eat peas? I made a pea thread in the Betta Care forum but no replies yet.. my issue was that he didn't show interest in the peas and the bits of pea sink to the ground and he doesn't seem to think peas are food. I even tied a pea to dental floss and let it float there dancing in the water current but he still showed little interest.
Even if he's not constipated I want to add peas to his regular diet as a preventative measure.