Your betta has bacterial or fungal disease; possibly cotton wool, columnaris, gill disease that can block gills and and prevent breathing. Treat with a broad-spectrum antibiotic that treats fungal diseases, like Mardel's Maracin Plus for 5 days. If that does not work, try Maracin Copper Safe for 5 days, take a few days off between med cycles to avoid immunity; treat on off days with a combination of API Stress Zyme plus Kordon AmQuel; then move back on to Mardel Maracin Maroxy for 5 days max. Add 1 tsp per gallon of Aquarium Salt, ne--never regular salt to discourage bacteria and fungi. Get a Hydor heater for aquariums less than 5 gallons. Remove uneaten food; feed 5 pellets every other day; never overfeed; avoid methylene blue for serious contagious diseases. See fish diseases; other posts; keep water temp constant; always add good water conditioners like Stress Zyme,Kordon AmQuel, plus Aqua Salt for each weekly water change; never keep bettas in less than 1/2 gallon H20.
Hey OFL, yes, it's me, here again lol. Sorry to bother you but I have a quick question. Can the in tank filter vibration irritate/cause anxiety in a fish? Beau never seemed to settle in his 5.5, I put him in the 1g bowl last night, and even though not eating yet, he is not swimming erratically back and forth anymore..seems calmer. I put my newest betta in the 5.5 with that filter, and I don't want to drive him "mad" if that is what is happening. The filter is on the lowest setting, but placing my fingers on the glass I can feel it vibrating. Thanks
By the way how do you become like a member (I'm a new member) and how do you become all those other levels like uhhhhhhh like fish lover? No um or super moderator etc. if you know what I'm talking about.
OK, thanks. So they're called diatoms? I don't necessarily have a tank light. Lebron's tank is in my kitchen and the light is on around 10 hours a day. I'll turn it off and on it when necessary. Thanks for answering my questions. Is there another way to control the diatoms? ~LTB
Hi OFL, I have a question regarding my fish-in cycle... Can I do a 100% change on my tank before I put the filter in? It's just that, my fake plants need a washing and my barrel has this brown gooey thing on some spots of it. It can be washed away, though. I already read your Betta specific cycle thread, too. Lebron also has a missing scale so I think that'll help with it growing back. Thanks! ~LTB
Hi OFL I was wondering if it matters what type of Oak Leaf that can be be used ? Is there any reason to use them other then having a sick fish ? Perseus is fine but I have plenty of Oak Trees as I live back in a wooded area. I am doing a fish in cycle for a 5 gallon and is it best to have live plants in or not ? I already have some Hornwot in and Perseus attacked it at first but now he loves it and sleeps in it even so adorable ! Thanks !