Hello. I was reading an earlier post that discussed mirrors, and I decided to post a new thread on the topic. I am sorry if this was a recent discussion on an older page. If there is an older page you can link me to, i have no opposition to it ;}
how much mirror time for a betta is too much? My little guy, pickle, is suffering from what i SUSPECT to be velvet. He is not well. Is it ok to put a mirror in front of an ill betta?
He is in a hospital tank currently. I saved pickle through Craigslist. He had fin rot when we brought him home. So our time together has had a rough start. he spent a week in a pickle jar, was in his ten gallon tank for about 3 days, and then went back to what i now call his hospital tank (the pickle jar..one gallon).
Today i did a 100% water change in the hospital tank. (its been 4 days since i started bettafix to combat illness/finrot in the hosp. tank [no filer, no heater]). Todays water change I added a pinch of aquarium salt along with the conditioner and medicine. And he was very very lethargic to the change. I tried my best to match the temperature. (about 4 degree difference maybe). the ph levels were slightly higher than his old water, but it was within a .05 range. (could this have been the aquarium salt?)
It is important for me to note that there is nothing in his hospital tank. and I wonder if its contributed to his behavior (bored?). going back to the hospital tank he seemed skiddish and scared. but I feared putting anything in the hospital tank due to cross contamination.
we did note that putting the mirror back in front of his hospital tank has raised his spirits. he flares and swims about, and then rests on his side. We decided that was an appropriate time to take away the mirror.
SO IN CONCLUSION: is it ok to place a mirror in front of an ill betta? particularly with fin rot? and it they're healthy, how much mirror time is too much?