Firstly, I'm really sorry
I've been off the forum for so long!
I lost my black fish Sabbath sometime back and I didn't think I would wanna give advise to anyone on how to take care of their fish when I myself suck at it!
Now, this is gonna be a long post, so please bear with me while I go through the details.
What size is your tank?
>15L or 4 Gal bowl.
What temperature is your tank?
Does your tank have a filter?
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration?
Is your tank heated?
What tank mates does your betta fish live with?
What type of food do you feed your betta fish?
>Pellets (Granules) & FD Bloodworms
How often do you feed your betta fish?
>5 granules a day (3 in the morning, 2 in the night). I feed him FD bloodworms once or twice a week (2 worms in the morning, 3 granules in the night.)
How often do you perform a water change?
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change?
>50% in the middle of the week, 100% every week.
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change?
>Water conditioner that removes Chlorine, Chloramines, Ammonia & Nitrite.
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed?
>Cloudy & slightly swollen eyes, clamped fins, slightly pale colour, reoccurring stress stripes.
How has your betta fish's behavior changed?
>Lays at the bottom (sometimes sideways), doesn't eat, rarely comes up (even for air), labored/heavy breathing.
When did you start noticing the symptoms?
>These symptoms have been noticeable for the past few days.
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how?
>Aquarium Salt (pre dissolved and then added), Mild fungicide+antibiotic (preventive dosage), General ectoparasitic medicine.
Does your fish have any history of being ill?
>Yes, fin rot.
How old is your fish (approximately)?
Been with me for say, 4-5 months, maybe a year and a half old.
Please, read further!
Zep came down with fin rot a month ago. Nasty as it was, he came through fine, without me having to medicate him (my luck!).
But a week ago, I noticed that his fins were still frayed. So, I added in some rock salt to help his fins grow back. He was fine for a day but then started darting and scratching himself on everything in the bowl & just laying at the bottom. When I shone a light on him, it seemed as though he had mild Ich or Velvet.
I waited a day or two and then started medicating him with the anti parasitic medicine. He only got worse from then on.
He spat most of his food out on the day I started his medication.
He stopped eating the next day but he no longer seemed to have anything shiny on his scales.
Yesterday, I noticed that his eyes were slightly swollen and cloudy. So, I did a 30% water change & added a mild antibiotic to help him get better (I feared he had contracted popeye thanks to all the stress he's being put through).
Today, he's been at the bottom lying sideways. He only moves if I put the net in or if I move the bowl.
I thought that the medication was wearing him down, so I replaced all the water and added only AQ salt and the mild antibiotic.
No improvements so far.
I really don't know what I should do! I'm very scared that I may lose him.
I'm unable to even diagnose what's wrong with him.
Thanks so much for taking the time to read through this!
I will try to put up pictures soon.