Ok, so I am new here but I am not new to fish ownership or betta ownership (once had a betta from Petco that lived 6 years!). However, I am now living on my own in a small apartment, and not allowed a fish tank by my landlords (they define a fish tank as over 5 gallons) and also having no room for one...I made some sacrifices. My bettas are living in 2 seperate tanks (http://www.petco.com/product/106657/...Betta-Kit.aspx
) that are only half a gallon. I know that is a small tank, but they seem very happy. Bubble nests constantly, always moving around happily, and eating very well, almost too well! They have been like this for a year now, however, recently I was gone a lot on a new job and I kinda maybe forgot about my fishes a little.
Their tanks started to need to get visibly dirty before I would remember to clean them where as before they had a half water change every 3 days and a whole tank breakdown and scrub out every 2 weeks. This has affected both of my bettas badly. Winchester (so named as he is a MT copper and looks like gunmetal) is very depressed and sort of hangs listlessly at the top of his tank. Ecto (short for ectoplasm as he is a albino DT) has fin rot. I noticed Ecto's tail is really short, half its previous length and while he is still just as active he has a hard time getting around.
I just did a complete strip as their tanks had algae (I am a bad mom) and almost a complete water change as I only put back in maybe a 1/2 cup of old water. I used API water conditioner which has elecrolytes and aloe vera in it, and added a 1/4 tsp of BettaFix. Is there anything else I can/should be doing for now to get my betta's back to happy?