What size is your tank? 1 gallon hospital tank for now
What temperature is your tank? 82 degrees
Does your tank have a filter? no
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? no
Is your tank heated? yes
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? He is alone, glass bowl, gravel and a silk plant
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? TetraBetta Mini Pellets
How often do you feed your betta fish? 3-4 pellets once a day
How often do you perform a water change? Everyday lately (used to be 75% 2x a week or 95% 1x a week)
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 100% lately
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? API tap water conditioner, API Stress Coat, Epsom salts (Replaced aquarium salts for now)
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed?
It started out with a tail tumor and finrot. The tumor is still there and hasn't changed much, but almost seems the lesser problem, as he has developed a terrible case of popeye in 1 eye. The popeye seems to have plateaued but his eye is huge. It's not getting better, though seemingly not worse. However it is big. The eye turned blue and now looks like it has a circle of whitish blue fluid around it bulging out of his head. I am also noticing that his spine seems to be very slightly curved. Although this could just be in my head, as his top fin seems to favor over one side of his body at times. However I heard this can be a sign of fish TB which concerns me. It basically seems like he has a laundry list of things wrong, but in the end, he still is swimming and eating like a trooper.
How has your betta fish's behavior changed?
For a while he was just sitting at the bottom of the tank. Now that I've started using epsom salts, he kind of just sits at the top of the tank and moves his way around it. Hasn't been swimming much, but is at least breathing from the surface and not sitting at the bottom of the tanks He will swim to me when I approach the bowl and will also go after food and swim around for a bit. But only if prompted.
When did you start noticing the symptoms? 3-4 weeks ago.
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? First did about 7 days of Maracyn I & II + 2tsp. epsom salts. Now switched to Kanaplex + 2 tsp. epsom salts. Has only been on the Kanaplex for 1 day, but no noticeable changes in the popeye.
I also tried feeding him Jungle Anti-Parasite Medicated food, which he promptly spit out. He kept trying to eat, then spitting out. But when I fed him his regular food right after, he ate that with no problem.
Does your fish have any history of being ill? He has been sick for about 3-4 weeks now. He had fin rot and SBD about 5 months ago.
How old is your fish (approximately)? he was full sized when I got him over 1 year ago
I was just wondering if you all had any other ideas as to what his popeye might be attributed to and what else I could do to help it go away? It really looks awful, my poor guy. Not to mention his tail tumor. :( But he's still kickin, so if he's got some fight left in him, I want to do all I can to help him out.
Thanks in advance!