I am new to betta fish keeping. My little friend Fabio is not doing well. I recently "rescued" him from my sister who was keeping him in a little 1 quart jar. (I put rescued in quotes because it looks like he's dying) She was ignoring him and I thought I could at least do a little better...guess not :(
He's in a 5 gallon tank
Temp goes between 77 and 80
In tank filter and underground filter (the in-tank filter wasn't doing enough)
It has an airstone
no filter, I live in a warm climate and don't want to accidentally bake him :(...also I'm living on a super tight budget.
tank mates are a couple plastic plants and a little ceramic pot
freeze dried bloodworms
6 days a week, 3-4 worms
water changes are every 3-5 days
I add dechlorinator and aquarium salt
I have not tested water parameters, I try to do twice weekly water changes to be safe
Symptoms and Treatment
He recently had finrot. I treated with salt baths and it got better but now progress has been slow if non-existent, his color is getting lighter, he looks thinner, when he's not swimming his spine is in an S curve but not humpbacked; it's side to side. No bloating.
He's very lethargic, hangs out in the top corner of tank not moving, I thought he died today and but he started to move a little bit after i poked him gently, he won't eat
noticed symptoms about 2 weeks ago
I don't have much money to treat him, I want to know if I should euthanize.
I think my sister gave him to me with finrot
I don't know how old he is but I'm guessing he's probably 2 yearsish
I don't know if this is old age or what. I'm a little worried its fish TB because of the loss of appetite and side to side S curve. If it is, then I have for sure been exposed. I cleaned out the tank with a cut in my hand. I don't really have too much hope for this little guy but I'd like to know if I might be contaminated with fish TB.
Thanks for your help, please don't judge me too harshly for not having a heater and not being able to medicate...I know at least most of you can remember being a starving college student.