Hi guys, long time no see!
I came home with a new cave for my newest fish, who had gotten himself in some unfortunate trouble getting trapped under his other cave for several days...then doing it again after being rescued. I moved the older cave into my divided tank to the center of three segments. When I was putting the cave in I did brush against the divider while trying to avoid breaking his new bubble nest, but it didn't feel any different than other times I've brushed against it so I ignored it. I went and did some things somewhere. I was sitting on the couch when I looked over to my fish tank, and noticed a flash of yellow in the center segment. The fish living in the center was purple. I tore the lid off and saw Mocha and Cappuccino having at it in the center. No time to waste, and my scoop in the other room I did the only thing I could think of; I cupped my hands and picked up my fish with some water and tossed him on the other side of the broken divider to buy some time to get the cups ready. I took all three fish from the tank to do a damage evaluation. The divider can be fixed. Espresso, the third fish, was fine. Cappuccino, my yellow fish, was swimming in circles but seemed unharmed.
Mocha is torn to shreds. His beautiful fins that I worked so hard to repair when I first got him are torn up, some pieces were in the tank still. His left fin is mostly gone and he isn't moving it. His right eye is swollen badly. He doesn't seem lethargic but he is very pale.
I have moved him to a half gallon bowl, with large rocks. He has a heater and the water temp is 80 F, and I have put in a small amount of aquarium salt. I plan to hold off on feeding for 2 days if he manages to survive the night.
I also moved the other fish involved into a quarantine tank, but he seems to be quite lively.
Here is the question sheet now.
What size is your tank? Formally 10 gallon divided three ways, now in a 1/2 gallon bowl
What temperature is your tank? the 10 gallon was 78F the bowl is 80F
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? formally two tank mates behind dividers, both male Betta.
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Pellets and blood worms
How often do you feed your betta fish? daily, 3 in the morning, 2 at night.
How often do you perform a water change? minor every 4 days, major every 2 weeks.
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 10 percent, and 75 percent
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Conditioner. Aquarium salt in the 1/2 gallon.
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? All fins shredded, pieces missing. Right eye very swollen, left fin shredded. Very pale.
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? He is behaving like normal, but will not move his left fin. He is able to make it to the top with no difficulty.
When did you start noticing the symptoms? After removing him from the tank I did a full examination while he was cupped.
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? He's in a 1/2 gallon QT with aquarium salt. I will perform daily water changes and treat with the salt for 7 days. I will return him to the large tank in 2-3 week based on recovery.
Does your fish have any history of being ill? He had problems with clamped fin when I first got him.
How old is your fish (approximately)? I've had him for 2 months-3 months.
Any advice or help you could provide me that will keep Mocha alive and aid in his recovery will be a big help.