So i have this giant PK girl. (from the "permanent stress stripe?" thread. Anyway to recap:
I bought her from a grocery store. She was in a tank (about 10 gallon) labeled "female betta". The tank had about 8 other PK bettas in it and they were intermixed male and female. I had her a couple weeks and her stress stripe (she had it when i bought her) wouldn't go away. She wasn't hiding or anything and seemed happy.
Soon after writing that post she seemed to develop SBD where she was just sitting on the bottom and you had to rouse her to get up and get some air. She was also clamped. So i put her in a 1 gallon qt gave her the Epsom salt treatment and she came right out of it. Within hours, she had full color and was swimming fine. I discontinued the Ep. salt after 2 days, and returned her to the 20 gallon community tank.
A day or so after she went back to the 20g, her color got dull, clamped up and soon after that she started doing a shark impression. She would just swim around the very top of the water, breaking the surface with her dorsal fin. I started to suspect she could not submerge.
So a few days ago she started to show signs of fin rot, and lack of appetite. So i put her in another 1 gal qt. This time with Aq. salt. Again her color came back and she unclamped overnight. While she was in the salt she started jumping. At random mostly, once she jumped like 3x in a row. The fin rot stopped progressing right away so after 2 days of salt i changed her to just water (all 100% daily changes). She still jumps from time to time, i don't know if that's got anything to do with anything else. But she can swim middle again too. She's been on just water changes for about 3 days, i think her fins are coming back but it's hard to tell. She's having a little trouble with her pellets, but she's persistent and will eventually get them down.
The question is once she's eating good again, do i put her back into the community tank? Or just forget that idea and keep her in the smaller QT?
What size is your tank? community 20g, qt about 1g
What temperature is your tank? community 80, qt is about 78
Does your tank have a filter? Community yes, QT no
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? no/no
Is your tank heated? yes/yes
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? 4 rasboas, 8 GS and a snail/ QT none
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Aqueon pellets and replace one feeding a week with bloodworms, and one with glassworms.
How often do you feed your betta fish? 2x daily
How often do you perform a water change? 20gal is cycled, no changes, QT once a day.
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? none for 20g/ 100% for QT
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Prime
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
All are from the 20g tested almost exactly the same last week.
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? see above
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? see above
When did you start noticing the symptoms? see above
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? see above
Does your fish have any history of being ill? see above
How old is your fish (approximately)? no idea. I think she's older but i've had her for a month.
You can also see my aquariums under my aquariums tab on the left there.