Still having problems. I've done parasite clear on him for several days and a few water changes, but to no avail. Still haven't tried salt. Can someone let me know if this
is the right kind, and how much of this to put in? Currently, I've lowered him to a single gallon of water because of his panting, I didn't want him to struggle to the top. (Salt reads: Epsom salt, magnesium sulfate, USP, saline laxative, soaking acid, MgSO4 7H20 )
No filter in his tank, a heater keeps his water a little above 80. Let me know what's too hot for a Betta fish. I'm afraid of making it too hot for him, though I know the 80s are a good "healing" range.
I still use Deer Park spring water, though I'm thinking I"ll try out that "Betta Water" at the pet store to see if that fixes things without me having to add chemicals to his water. He's pretty sensative to changes, so I really don't want to put him over the edge.
Last night, he almost died. I don't know what from. I was gone for a week, my parents took care of him in the meantime, nothing out of the ordinary. When I got back, it was like he was holding on just to see me one last time. After he ate a pellet he started floating on his side, sinking to the bottom on his side, bobbing up and down, swimming funny. I thought he'd die for sure, but its like he held on again, just for me. I changed his water, and after a moment of him laying there, he got up and is back to "normal." Still panting though, not listless persay but not as active as usual.
He's an old fish, but I thought he could live longer. He's only 1.5 years since I got him at the pet store. (so assuming they're 1 when they sell him, he'd be 2.5 years) I just don't like seeing him pant.
His panting's been going on for over a month now, he seems okay otherwise. He eats, still greets me excitedly, still swims around a bit, still jumps for his food.
I thought perhaps the old plants may be giving off something in his water, so I removed all plants from his tank. I may go out and buy one small set, but what type to get? Please let me know if you can help in any way. Thanks!