This morning I noticed that my betta had a gash on his head over his left eye. It looks like a cut. I'm not sure how he did it as I have all silk and live plants. He is in a 10 Gallon tank with a filter and the temp is at a constant 80 degrees. I thought it could be fungus but it looks more like a wound.
I went to petsmart and was told to use Melafix. I put a teaspoon in his tank and he started scraping his body on the glass and rocks. It seemed to have irritated it more. I did some research (which I should have done before) and read that Melafix can be very harmful to bettas. I immediately did a 40% water change then did another 20% as a teaspoon was apparently way to much for him.
He has calmed down some but I'm worried as I have read that a lot of betta owners have had there fish die not even 2 days after they have overdosed their fish on Melafix.
I'm not too sure what to do. If I should put him in my 2 gallon bowl with fresh clean water or leave him and see how he reacts.
I hope he is okay, I'm upset that I hurt him more because the injury already looks bad as it is.
Any suggestions on what my next step should be?
Has anyone had positive results with Melafix? Bad results?
Thanks for your help!!!