once a week in a one gallon is too long. fin rot doesn't just pop up outta nowhere, something has to trigger it. in most cases, it's poor water quality. just because the water looks clear, doesn't mean it's safe. in a one gallon, ammonia builds up really fast, so water changes must be made at least daily, if you can't, then every other day. aquarium salt will put you back, maybe six bucks at the most, and it's fine to get it from walmart. i understand school work takes up alot of time, but it doesn't take but maybe 10 minutes, if not less, to cup the fish, dump the fish stuff into a strainer, rinse the tank out, rinse off the decor, replace the decor and gravel, fill the tank back up, set it back where it was, and float the fish for a while. i did it in 5 today.
i'm not trying to be mean. not at all. i'm just stating, fin rot doesn't come from nothing, and usually is from bad water quality, and that it doesn't take alot of time to change the water. i apologize if it came out as mean. i can also understand being stressed. lately, i haven't wanted to change my own tanks(shamefully), but i made myself do it, after seeing Caroline, my desk betta, acting mopey. since i changed her water today, she's perked up alot, and has been exploring for hours.
Guys chill okay.I have had to do advanced 7th grade math all week(Pi,Algebra all that fun stuff)and it has made me REALLY stressed.So this is not helping any.
You know what? Some times you need to put your pets needs before your own. You may be stressed out from school, but think about the ammonia in your tank stressing out your fish and making him ill.
When you get a pet you are making a commitment to care for it and keep it healthy and happy. I'm sorry but you haven't been doing this, your fish is sick because of you and now it's up to you to help him get better.
You said you re getting a puppy? do you know how much work they are? It will make your fish seem like a piece of cake.
I know you are young and I know school can be tough but it's still not an excuse.