I rescued a betta from petco yesterday with what I believe to be pretty bad gill burn from ammonia. his gills are swollen and red. he always rests on his tail and lays vertically with his head facing up. I have him in a 2.5 gal only filled up about an inch and a quarter with a heater at 78 and a long airstone to prevent suffocation. he also has a little tube hide which he likes to go in. yesterday I changed his water two times and today so far i’ve changed it once but I plan on changing his water 3 times a day to keep ammonia nonexistent. his water is being treated with prime, stresscoat, aquarium salt and vitachem. I only fed him one medium sized worm yesterday but haven’t fed him since then. I am also suspecting he may have a swim bladder issue because he can’t lay normally? if anyone thinks he has any chance of survival let me know. last night he was continuously on and off breathing. i’m trying my hardest for this little guy.
I was just reading about methylene blue (I think that’s how you spell it) and some people say that helps with ammonia poisoning? does this help by just detoxifying ammonia or does it reverse the effects on the fish? is there any medication that will help him? please help!