So I bought a brand new 2.5 gallon tank, 2 silk plants, 3 plastic plants, and a 25 watt heater yesterday. I rinsed everything with hot water (minus the heater chord) including the gravel. After filling the tank up and letting the temperature settle out, as well as double dosing on dechlorinator since it's the tank's first use, I decided to move Ratchet into it.
He absolutely loved it. He was chasing the still escaping bubbles, exploring, and staring down the plants and heater light. I fed him 4 freeze dried bloodworms (That's all I fed him yesterday) kept him up for another hour or so and then covered everyone up for bed.
Since I had to work this morning, I didn't get to check on him until a little after noon today. The temperature is stable at 78-79, but Ratchet didn't look too good. He was sitting in the top corner of the tank clamped and a little pale. his eyes also appear to be a little swollen too.
I'm not suspecting the tank or the gravel (Since it was out of the same bag that my sister used for her new 2.5 gallon and the betta in there has no issues with it). I'm worried about either the heater, the silk plants, or the plastic ones. Regardless of which, I'll be taking them out and rinsing them in hot water again and doing a 100% water change.
Is there anything more that I can do for Ratchet? He's cupped in almost completely new water with 1 tsp/gal epsom salt. He's also still floating in the tank, but he hasn't perked up at all yet.