Just a week ago one of my bettas passed away and left me rather devastated. He was one of two that I was taking care of for the first time on my own and I've had him for quite some time. So my roommate thought it would be nice to get me a new betta.
She bought the little guy from Walmart, and while he's a beautiful crowntail I quickly noticed some things I've never dealt with in all my years with these fish.
Parts of his tail inexplicably get thin in the middle, then thicken out. My first assumption was possibly fin rot, but then through research I learned of tail bitters. I've never seen him biting so I can't say which is which here. Regardless, I've started using aquarium salts in the water in addition to Prime and doing frequent water changes. Sunday (when I got him), Tuesday, and then just today.
Another thing I noticed is that within the week I've had him, he's refused to eat. Now, I'm a student without a car so I can't go to places on a whim nor can I buy brand after brand of food to satisfy a picky fish. I have Betta Bites and Omega One Buffet Pellets which I've both simply thrown in, broken up, and pre soaked. He still shows no interest in eating. I threw flakes in once as my roommate has flakes which he nibbled then spit out before refusing them entirely.
I plan on buying some garlic and attempting to soak pellets in garlic juice to see if this promotes him to eat. Although I've never done this so...I'm a little lost at where to begin.
ALSO...I've been looking around the net a lot lately- including this site- to make sure that I've been on the right track with this. I have never before dealt with a sick betta...and I saw something about poop color.
Now, this little guy hasn't been eating but he's pretty darn active. He flares at my older betta and swims around looking pretty healthy. He doesn't seem to be clamping his fins (he's pretty much mimicking the behavior of the older one besides tracking my finger. He shies away from that) but...his poop is coming out rather clear. I assumed it was from not eating but if this is parasites well...I'm at a loss at what to do.
Right now he's in a tank like the one on the left
It's a temporary arrangement until we can cure his fin rot and whatever else is wrong as the bigger tank houses another betta (a divider would separate them but it would still expose them to the same water so...)
Needless to say, this tank does not have filters. But it's the tank my mom bought for our bettas when I was a kid and I know for a fact that they can live out a VERY long life in those things. But it requires 100% water changes. I can't check the water, but seeing as the other betta is healthy and happy (eating like a pig and greeting me everyday) I can only assume that it's also suitable for him.
The only medication I have (which my mom reluctantly bought for me the one time she stopped by my apartment) is Bettafix, which I'm reluctant to use as I've heard very mixed reviews on it (although two different pet stores said it was really good). Anything else will take some MAJOR convincing to get anyone to take me...but obviously I didn't bring a fish into my home to kill him.
Any and all suggestions to get this guy in his proper glory are welcome.
is a cell phone picture of the little guy with the questionable fin rot circled around. I sadly can't take any better but I hope this will be enough for now.
I've dubbed the little guy Linebeck. If you get my username, you'll probably get the reference here. I thought it'd be funny since the other betta is named Bowser and my past one named Vaati.
So...yeah, I certainly hope I did this right.