Sorry guys, I did this a couple of weeks ago when we first posted but have completed the sticky again. Hope it's helpful. We are at the end of our ropes trying to figure out how to help our poor little guy. :( Today was the day we were supposed to be able to set him free from his dreaded quarantine cup but his eye doesn't look any better.
What size is your tank? 5 gallon live planted mini-bow
What temperature is your tank? 78-80 F
Does your tank have a filter? Yes but just charcoal filter set up that came with the tank
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? Just the waterfall flow from filter
Is your tank heated? Yes
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? Small olive nerite snails only
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Hikari frozen blood worms, Hikari frozen brine shrimp, Hikari frozen tubifex worms, Aqueon betta pellets, Atison's betta pellets, Omega One betta pellets, Hikari Bio-Gold betta pellets
How often do you feed your betta fish? 3 times a day (We feed a wide variety of high protein, small, frequent meals to help with the tail biting)
How often do you perform a water change? 2X/week
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 50%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Aqueon water conditioner (+ age water 2 days)
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters? Yes
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? Started tail biting again, developed bad popeye on one side, developed a bump on both sides of his body, almost looks like scoliosis or curved spine :(( (My camera won't focus close up enough to get a non blurry picture. I have tried taking pics many times.)
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? Lethargic and interacts with us less; has seem even more depressed since being confined to his tiny QT cup, but eating well
When did you start noticing the symptoms? Perhaps two weeks ago
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? Per recommendations from the group, he has been floating in his tank in a small Gladware quarantine container for the last 10 days, being treated with Maracyn II and epsom salts, with 100% daily water changes of the QT container, but his popeye has not gotten any better (and he still has the bumps / curvy spine)
Does your fish have any history of being ill? Yes we have been fighting the tail biting for almost as long as we have had him. Very frustrating. Other than his ongoing neurosis he has been healthy.
How old is your fish (approximately)? We got him from PetCo a year and 2 months ago.