Hi guys, long time lurker, first time poster.
My fish, Dragon, has gotten sick. I got him from a friend in June; she got him in October. He's pretty big, for a betta. She had been keeping him in a 1/2 gal bowl (typical betta kit, the same one I got when I first got a betta several years ago) and using BettaSafe to keep the water clean rather than water changes. I wanted to give him a better life, not kill him =(
What size is your tank? 2.5g
What temperature is your tank? Usually around 80, right now 85-86
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? None
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Pellets, Zoo Med
How often do you feed your betta fish? twice/day, 3 pellets
How often do you perform a water change? Usually every 4 days, right now every 2 days
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 100%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Prime (used to use AquaSafe). I used to use aquarium salt, but right now I'm not.
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
pH: haven't tested
Hardness: haven't tested
Alkalinity: haven't tested
Symptoms and Treatment
Here's the story so far:
Day Ich Status Medicine Water changes Temp
1 – 9/6 4 visible spots on right pectoral fin 1.75mL Maracide 80-82
2 – 9/7 1 visible spot on right pectoral fin 85-87
3 – 9/8 Last spot fell off 1.75mL Maracide 25% 85-87
4 – 9/9 No new spots 85-87
5 – 9/10 1.75mL Maracide 25% 85-87
6 – 9/11 4 new spots on right pec fin D= 5p: 2dr QuickCure, 2tsp salt 100%: 2G 86
7 – 9/12 2 spots on fin still, 2 tiny pinprick holes 7p: 2dr QuickCure, 0 salt = 1.8tsp 10%: .2G 86-89?
8 – 9/13 More holes, lots of small spots on fin 2mL Maracide, no salt 100% 84
9 – 9/14 Beginning treatment for Dropsy 2mL Maracyn2, 2 tsp Epsom salt 86
10 - 9/15 No new ich. Still swollen belly. 2mL Maracide, 0.2pkg Maracyn2, 4tsp ES 86
On Sep 6, I noticed 4 visible spots on his pectoral fin (pic). I ran out and got Maracide just as PetSmart was closing and dosed him with it. I turned up the temperature that night to 86.
At first he seemed to be doing better - maybe the Maracide, maybe the temperature? But in any case, over the next two days the spots fell off. I wasn't doing full water changes since I wasn't sure if that was OK with the Maracide - I was just doing 25% changes. But then on the 11th, there were new spots =(
I panicked and did a 100% water change and switched meds to QuickCure. I also took out the gravel in the tank.
But on the 13th, after 36 hours of QuickCure, he didn't seem to be improving - actually, he kind of seemed to be going paler. Also I noticed these tiny pinprick holes in his fins that looked like a bad sign... and I found out that A) formalin doesn't mix well with salt, and B) malachite green is light sensitive so I was supposed to be keeping the tank dark. So I did another 100% water change, took out the aquarium salt, and switched back to Maracide. I did notice a slight swelling on his tummy then. =( I wasn't sure if I had overfed him (I usually feed 3 pellets but there were a couple of times when I lost track and I think I might have given him 4.)
Last night (the 14th), the swelling was more noticeable. He is not pineconeing on top at all, but I started treatment for dropsy: 1tsp Epsom salt/gallon, Maracyn II.
Today (9/15), I did another 100% water change, added Day 3 of Maracide, upped the ES to 2tsp/gallon, and am on Day 2 of Maracyn II. I'm keeping the tank dark.
Until the last couple of days, he's been his normal self - gobbling down his food, swimming around. Lately he's not quite GOBBLED as greedily as he usually does. He's resting a lot more - maybe because I started covering the tank? Or maybe he's gotten really sick... =(
I noticed today his poop is brown and stringy instead of round and red like usual. Is it because of the Epsom salt? I am planning to go out and get anti-parasite pellets today and feed them to him tonight.
Am I doing anything wrong?? Is there anything else I can do?
1310 - I noticed slight greying & swelling of fin before this happened
1318 - Ich =(
1346 - Brown stringy poop
1349 - Swollen belly