I had originally posted this under Emergencies and Diseases, but now I'm thinking maybe I can get some help from my fellow betta lovers... http://www.fishforum.com/viewtopic.php?t=13424
to repeat myself...
My betta has been having some troubles over the last few weeks.
First issue was with a white speck on one, then both eyes. Treated with a week of Melafix, but only one eye got better.
Second, noticed that the majority of his 'crowntail' fins (long streamers) had disappeared. This happened so slowly I really hadn't noticed until I was looking at old pictures.
Third, specks are back on both eyes, and one of his pectoral fins became damaged somehow. Not sure if it is finrot, it occurred overnight so I assume he shredded it on something. Trouble is, the fin does not seem to be improving (10 days later..) and I am now on day 4 of both Melafix and Pimafix. There appeared to be a wee white speck at the damage site, hence the Pimafix in case there is a fungal infection too.
Finally, he seems to be bloated all the time. Diet is varied, including peas. I assumed he's just 'big' but in case it relates to the other issues, I thought I'd mention it.
Even with all of the above troubles, behaviour is completely normal !
6 gal tank, water parameters are stable, no amm, no nitrite, nitrate kept below 40. pH is around 8, but has been since day 1 (june 07).
Questions: any thoughts on what is going on? should I try another treatment i.e. antibiotics? If so, what? Tank contains live plants, amano shrimp and glowlights, so I'd need something safe for them.
Tank is pristine, no fluctuations, frequent water changes. Also, glowlights show no signs of trouble. Are bettas more susceptible to finrot? Should I just try aquarium salt? How long should I be continuing with the Melafix/Pimafix treatment before I give up and switch to something more potent? I'm anxious to see it start to heal, but also don't want to waste time if this treatment is ineffective.
What would be a better treatment?
Any suggestions are appreciated, Thanks.
Sorry for all the questions...