I have had many betta fish over the years, but I NEVER had a sick fish. I bought another betta last weekend for my son. By Friday, I noticed lethargy and fin clamping. There are also small white spots, similar to ick, but not all over the fish, like ick. There is a brownish patch on the rear of the body and a few small, off-white bumps along his back. My other bettas are all perfectly happy and healthy.
My bettas are kept in one gallon or two and a half gallon tanks without filtration (this fish is in a one gallon). Complete water changes are done EVERY weekend with the same brand of spring water, untreated. I feed them a variety of foods including flakes, freeze dried brine shrimp and freeze dried blood worms, and pellets. I feed very small amounts once daily 6 days per week.
I cannot give you water parameters yet as I don't have the testing strips. Never needed them. My bettas all lived happily and healthy for up to three years with no problems. I keep the temperatures between 72 and 85 at all times, but I try to keep a steady 78 or 80. I have never needed a heater because I have a wood burner and that room is always about 85 or 90 degrees. I simply move the tank for small adjustments and I check temperature twice daily.
I spent the day going from pet shop to pet shop looking for bettazing and fungus eliminator and I can't find anyone who carries it. Pet Smart told me they don't carry betta specific medication...but they sell bettas, betta food and betta housing. ???!!! I have seen betta revive and betta fix but they seem like very broad specturm meds and I only want to treat what I have.
Any suggestions? Much appreciated.