My betta is sick. He's been sick for a while, actually. I'd be so grateful if some experts can tell me what is wrong, what he has, and what I can do.
It probably started when I accidentally gave him the wrong water (we have a filtration system for drinking use and it was set to alkaline instead of normal filter), which lowered his immune system.. then when we were moving, I couldn't change his water (2.5 gallon) until we were out of the old house completely..
He looks pretty bad right now. He had lost his dorsal fins due to fin rot (but they're growing again now). It started at the base and took me by surprise, because I thought it would start at the ends. Noticed it when he jumped for his food and a piece of fin broke off (what the..)
Now it looks like he's losing color and becoming a pale flesh colored fish. The pale body started from below the dorsal fin area and then the forehead area and now they're connecting.
My guess is that the fin rot advanced to a worse stage, but that's weird because I put him on meds. Perhaps the meds were too strong? (Triple Sulfa by API)
He also looks like he has hemorrhaging in his fins, which the Triple Sulfa is supposed to take care of as well. And after I ate dinner when I went to check on him, I noticed he was flaring his right gill- Only the right one, not his left.
He still eats his food like a pig and has been swimming happily since I started the aquarium salt and meds. (I didn't have salt before, only the stress coat)
It's frustrating that I don't know enough about tending to this and every time I do something, there's more to learn about things (and other things) about bettas that I didn't see previously which would have helped if I had known.
(ie. 1. aquarium salt, 2. meds can be harmful and the best option is just salt and change 100% of the water everyday, 3. fin rot can start at the base of fins, 4. alkaline water lowers his immune system because of the pH)
I'm so sad about his condition..
OH also, he hates when I use the net to fish him out of the tank (he pooped 3 large ones the other day after I used the net to get him into a new tank) so I've been using a tiny temp fish bowl to scoop him up (now I wait for him to swim in) and bring him into the new water. (I alternate with the 2.5 tank and a 3/4 gallon (?) tank now so he has clean water daily because the other day there was too much shedding on the bottom of the tank to be healthy for him- although it had been 24 hours since the last 100% change)
What's a better way besides getting a large tank with a water filter?