Thanks for your kind words they really do help. I actually have two bettas, Guillermo, and then a baby Ash I just can't remember how I edited my profile last time to add him in lol.
I've had bettas pretty consistently the past year and really started to understand theier care thanks to this forum. When I got Max I knew he was sick, normally I'm pretty good about not getting any more fish but he gave me the "please help" look. I think he had a slime coat infection, his fins were matted together, and I also read that that can affect their breathing and appetite. I had been treating him with AQ salt but I lowered his dose and I think I did it too soon and he had a flare up if you will.
I wiped down his hospital tank with clorox wipes rinsed it good put new water with a double dose of water conditioner in it and left it sit overnight. I then dumped that water out and now the tank is sitting outside to air out If you have any suggestions though on cleaning it I'm all ears.
i am sad to hear about your betta and what you're going through. how has he been? what size tank is he in?
my guy is taking a while to recover too...... he's 1 so he's younger than your guy. my guy is in a five gallon currently. i asked about water changes in a thread i posted a while ago. sakura8 (do you know her? :) ) told me if the tank is bigger than 2gal, do 50% water changes once or twice a week with one additional 100% water change per week. feed him frozen foods to get protein. i tried feeding him pellets high in protein and once every two or three days feeding him frozen bloodworms, brine shrimp, and daphnia. although i have only been feeding him pellets lately because currently have a bad ankle/back injury. work injury.
i keep his temp 76 degrees and don't let it fluctuate. if you already have it, try using api stress coat......
man, probably overwhelming you with this msge. oh boy......
sakura8 has helped deal with my sick betta.
i am sorry to hear that your betta had fin rot. has he been recovering? glad to know you caught it earlier. a 10 day aqsalt treatment if clean water alone isn't helping always helps for that. :) hope he is better?
one of my bettas caught fin rot as well. i treated him with aqsalt, then medicine, and finally water changes three times a week now.... i had to do daily water changes for my boy's five gallon tank bleh! it's a hassle for any size really, lol...
I am responsing to you via my question on yahoo answers. the fish did not shrink down but its tail did. All the other fish in my main tank are fine and swimming/eating very well. I do a 33% water change every week. i have just did one last Friday. No spots