Wondering if I should add the charcoal back to the filter and stop medicating since Sparkles seems to be getting worse not better with the meds???!!!!
Noticed fish had what looked like a hole in his skin between his eyes. He has also become a little less active... but was still making large bubble nests. Also, his grey patches were back on the bottom of his head and near his gills= they never seem to go all the way away but can get very small.
Did 90% water change, new filter without charcoal - added jungle fungus and fishicilin.
NOW he is alternately laying on the bottom of the tank or laying on part of the filter -- he is eating a bit -- having serious trouble swimming, fins clamped shut. Very unhappy, sick guy.
Just did another 50-60% water change just now with salt and prime and added more jungle fungus.
WORRIED - the medicine is making things worse not better....
What size is your tank? 5 gal
What temperature is your tank? 75-82
Does your tank have a filter? yes
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? just waterfall from filter
Is your tank heated? Yes- two heaters in winter; one in summer
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? none
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? pellets and sometimes dehydrated blood worms
How often do you feed your betta fish? twice a day but may have gotten more since trying to teach son how to take care of fish
How often do you perform a water change? used to change weekly then moved to 2/3 weeks max
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 80-90
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Prime and aquarium salt and sometimes Bettazing
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters? medicine in water so not recently but have tested and PH has always been good
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? YES
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? YES
When did you start noticing the symptoms? week or two ago
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how?
Fungus eliminator for one week and fishcilin and he seems much worse then before I started meds
Does your fish have any history of being ill? YES- When we first got Sparkles - we only had a one gallon tank with no heater or filter. Didn't know what I was doing and the pet store was little help so did the leaving the water out overnight and then changed it. THink I shocked the little guy - lucky he didn't die then. But figured things out - got him a 5 gallon tank with filter and heater which he has been in for about 9 months. But he does seem to get the grey coating a lot. It will clear up for a while and then come back. But he has generally seemed happy from a behavior stand point. BIg bubble nests.
How old is your fish (approximately)? We have had him for one year and three months.