- Reaction score
So 3 weeks ago I adopted a betta fish that could not be cared for anymore by the original owner. When I got him he came with a vertical plant vase that held maybe 2 gallons. He had severe fin rott and bloating. He would barely move and swam/floated vertically. He also had some Ich and barely ate. All he had was a fake plant that he still seems to love dearly. The original owner said he had him 2 years ago from the store, and he had left him with a friend for the last 7 months. I believe this friend is the reason Shaq was doing so bad. It looked like he had been living in terrible conditions and left to die.
I started with 50% water changes and that same weekend went out and got Shaq a 10 gal tank with a water filter and heater with more places to hide and more fake plants.
As soon as he was in the 10 gal tank he was visibly very happy. His original owner said he had never seen him so active. I treated him with Furan-2 for his fin rott which seems so have worked, but his fins still seem like they should be longer. I fed him garlic for this Ich as I could not go buy more medicine at the time. Amazingly the Ich seems to have finally disappeared after a week.
I still do about 25-50% water changes a week, depending on the color of the water. Whenever I put new water in I use two different conditioners to mix in it before adding and I make sure to use the same temp water.
He began eating again maybe 2-3 days after being in the 10 gallon, and his bloating went away completely (except this one time when I gave him a little too much broccoli). He eats betta pellets and LOVES broccoli. He will not touch tropical fish flakes, which after some research realize he shouldn't be eating that anyway. He won't eat garlic anymore so I may go buy garlic betta food soon to keep the Ich at bay.
He seems to be very comfortable with me. He always greets me when I approach his tank. I tried to make sure he can see my room from every wall of his tank. He will eat from my hand and he actually likes to play. He'll follow my hand around and really loves my bracelets that I always wear. He either bites them or if my hands are submerged he'll swim through my bracelets. He'll even lounge on them like a hammock if I'm very still. He enjoys swimming against the filter like a treadmill. If I put hoops where the strongest current is, then he'll swim through them and try to balance in them against the current. I'm currently trying to teach him to sit on my hand while it's submerged but he's still a bit sceptical on that. If I put my face near the water he'll swim on the surface of the water with top half of his body above water to look at me.
What else can I do to make Shaq happy? And when will his fins be done healing?
The first 3 pics are when I first got him. The last 3 pics are from this past week.