Hello all, this is my first post on the forum and I wish it wasn't one asking for help!
On the 4th I (mistakenly) went into Petsmart, not intending to leave with a fish as right now money is tight and I really don't have the setup I would like. But there was a pretty, shy (totally wigged out when I picked up his container) male betta with fin rot that I just couldn't leave. That being said he's living in a 1 gallon for now until I can get something bigger.
The first day and a half or so, he acted okay. He swam all over the place, ate, flared at his reflection in the side of the aquarium. It took me until Wednesday to get Aquarium Salt, as the closest Walmart that sells fish supplies is a little drive away. Again, money is tight, so I wanted to buy the supplies there. By this time the fin rot had already gotten considerably worse, which surprised me. I did a total water change Wednesday night, and added 1 tsp. of the salt, plus Stress Coat. Yesterday afternoon, repeated the process. Yesterday night however, I saw what I thought might be Ich forming on his fins. He's a Pastel so I'm having difficulty figuring out if it's on his body or not. As of yesterday he is somewhat lethargic, has no appetite, and is rubbing himself on the gravel in his tank. The fin rot only seems to have gotten way worse.
My issue is this: I'm leaving town the night of the 14th to go help some friends move. I'll be 2 hours away, and likely won't be back until the 20th. I had this commitment long before getting my fish so I can't not go. My mother will, I'm sure, feed him and give medicine if needed, but I know she won't do daily water changes like they need to be done when he's getting medicine.
So what I'm asking is if there's a med any of you experts would suggest that would treat both of these issues *fairly quickly*, to at least get him on the road to recovery between now and then, so that a daily change wouldn't be pertinent? Also, should I take the gravel out of his tank while he has the Ich?
I have already become quite fond of this guy, he kind of stole my heart before I even brought him home. I really don't want to lose him. I'm not new to owning fish, I used to always have an assortment of sorts until about 5 years ago. We had a major move and since then, I haven't had any. I have missed them, and been wanting to get more, but I'm having to work out the kinks in my fish knowledge I seem to have lost since then, haha. So any help you all could offer me would be greatly appreciated!
What size is your tank? 1 gallon
What temperature is your tank? 78-82 degrees
Does your tank have a filter? No
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? Yes
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? TetraMin Flakes
How often do you feed your betta fish? 2x daily
How often do you perform a water change? While sick, 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? Stress Coat and, while sick, aquarium salt.
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters? No
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? Holes in fins, more appearing and getting larger. Small, white dots forming on all fins.
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? Lethargic, not eating, rubbing on gravel.
When did you start noticing the symptoms? Fin Rot, at the pet store. Ich, last night.
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? Yes; 1 tsp Aq. Salt + Stress Coat + 100% daily water change.
Does your fish have any history of being ill? N/A
How old is your fish (approximately)? Not sure.