I went to give my betta fish a salt bath and he started to thrash and faint i only added one tsp of aquarium salt and i put him back in his tank and now he is facing up and breathing hard i dont know what to do
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Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? No
Does your Betta have tank mates? What kind? No
What food brand do you use? Aqueon betta food
Do you feed flakes or pellets? Pellets
How often do you feed your Betta? How much? Everyday, two pellets
Before your Betta became ill how often did you perform a water change? Weekly
What percentage of water did you change? 40%
What is the source of your water? Tap water
Do you vacuum the substrate or just dip out water? Vacumm
What additives do you use other than conditioner? What brand of conditioner? Prime
What are your water parameters? Please give exact numbers. If tested by pet store please get exact numbers. "Fine" or "Safe" won't help us help you. Important: Test your water before the regular water change; not after one.
Symptoms and Treatment:
When did you first notice the symptoms? When i took him a salt bath
How has your Betta’s appearance changed? Colors look faded looks stressed
How has your Betta’s behavior changed? Stressed wont move breathing heavily
Is your Betta still eating? No
Have you started treating your Betta? If so, how? Im not sure how i put him back in his tank
Does your Betta have any history of being ill? No
How long have you owned your Betta? 6 months
Was he or she ill or suffering some sort of damage when purchased? No
You need to feed him twice a day, and until you know for certain whether the white spot is his natural coloring or something else, I'd suggest don't do any more salt baths. A salt bath is rough on a fish.
I would turn off the lights and just leave him be for the moment. When he has recovered, feel free to post a picture of the white spot and we can try to help with that. If there is a need to adjust feeding it can be addressed then also.
How did you perform the salt dip? Did you dissolve the salt in a separate container then add it to the bath container? How much water did you use since its 1tbsp per 3 gallons. Anything over that for a fish that isnt sick can be hard on them, especially labyrinth breathers. Otherwise, I would suggest performing methyl blue dips instead of aquarium salt for potential issues. It tends to be easier to dose visually and rules out a number of potential illness/disease causes if ineffective.