Hello, all. I recently got back into betta fish (again!) and I've been lurking here for some time. It saddens me that this has to be one of my earliest threads, but here I am.
Long story short, my sister was getting rid of her (neglected) betta, and I offered to take him in. When she first got him he was a vibrant red veiltail. According to her she'd kept him on top of her fridge in a half gallon container, changed the water MAYBE once a week, and fed him about the same. I'm amazed the poor thing has survived this long. Ok..enough sister bashing! I've had him for a few days. I immediately got him into a 1g with AQ salt and stress coat. Not sure if it was the best thing but that's all I could think of.
He was dull brown-red but has colored up some, he's now reddish and has a green/gold shimmer.. I'm not sure if its fungus or what. His face and gills have a sort of "moldy" look. His fins are clamped, I think? He is mobile but it seems like his back end is stiff/deformed, there's been some improvement but not much. He's actually very active and has an appetite, he just looks like hell. Today I noticed he looks like he might be starting to pinecone... so I took him out of the AQ salt. I'm assuming epsom salt is the next step? I feel like the AQ salt was a mistake, so I'd like to know what I need to do to help him. He's a sweet little guy and I'm already smitten with him. Sorry if this is lengthy, I didn't want to miss anything!
I have some pictures so you have an idea, but cell phone cameras are terrible, sorry for the blurriness.
What size is your tank? 1g
What temperature is your tank? 80
Does your tank have a filter? No
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? No
Is your tank heated? Not yet, he's near a lamp for now to stay warm
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? None
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Hikari freeze-dried bloodworms (only thing he will eat)
How often do you feed your betta fish? 2 or 3 pieces twice a day (not sure if this is ideal, I'm used to pellets but he won't eat them)
How often do you perform a water change? Daily
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? API Stress coat+
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? See beginning of post.
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? ^
When did you start noticing the symptoms? ^
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? I've been using AQ salt,
Does your fish have any history of being ill? unknown
How old is your fish (approximately)? 1-2 years
How he was brought to me (look at that water!