My Sick Half Moon Betta, not eating

evonner

#BigManAquatics Maybe you can help me. I am new to everything, even this one little sick Betta I inherited. He has fin rot but I wonder if there is more at play. He is in a 10 gallon tank. I have a 5 gallon that I am conditioning as a "Aquarium Hospital". Tomorrow I will pick up API Fresh Water Salt. I have ordered Methylene blue to treat him in the 5 gallon but it has to shipped to me and I wont have it until Oct 28th. He stopped eating his pellets awhile ago. So then we tried frozen Brine and now frozen Blood worms. When I take his hiding rock away from him, he will surface to a corner of this tank. He tries to eat but cannot. I hand feed his blood worms with tweezers or a dropper. He tries so hard to eat. Its appears that he cant by mouth consume them, or is blind or cant smell. I don't know. I don't know why he cannot eat when he is honestly trying. I don't know what to do. I have to treat his illnesses is a separate tank because his 10 gallon tank has live plants. I did a 3.5 gallon water change today treated with Prime. He now has a small amount of Nitrites. I added a little more Prime to his tank. Any help would be so appreciated.
 

Ghelfaire

I know this isn't directed towards me but the Methylene blue could do more harm than good for him.
Try treating with aquarium salt in case it's a parasite issue.
Can you post a picture of him? Maybe there's an outside "tell" that someone can pick up on.
 

evonner

I know this isn't directed towards me but the Methylene blue could do more harm than good for him.
Try treating with aquarium salt in case it's a parasite issue.
Can you post a picture of him? Maybe there's an outside "tell" that someone can pick up on.
Everyone says something different. Will the salt be ok in his 10 gal tank for his plants? Or should he be put on 5 gal tank.
 

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Ghelfaire

Looks like the majority of the plants are fake. As for any real ones in there as long as they're hardy plants they should be fine with a little salt.
 

evonner

Thank you Ghelfaire. I hope you can see something cuz his trying to eat but can't really has me worried. It's there mouth disease they can get? I don't know that I need help those that know a whole lot more than me.
 

Ghelfaire

Is there a way to check his mouth? Maybe there's something stuck in there preventing him from eating
 

evonner

Looks like the majority of the plants are fake. As for any real ones in there as long as they're hardy plants they should be fine with a little salt.
We planted one plant that was already about6 inch then then the were bulbs. One it growing Crack speed. Another bulb is growing . The I think there are 2-3 bulbs buried and I can't find them.
Is there a way to check his mouth? Maybe there's something stuck in there preventing him from eating
HAAAAA how do I do that? What if I hurt him.
 

evonner

I know this isn't directed towards me but the Methylene blue could do more harm than good for him.
Try treating with aquarium salt in case it's a parasite issue.
Can you post a picture of him? Maybe there's an outside "tell" that someone can pick up on.
I am exhausted. I started a fast cycle 10/23/21 to his 5 gallon hospital tank. He was urgently rushed to his hospital tank on 10/24/21. I began a treatment of API Fresh Water Aquarium Salt, with a dosage of 1 teaspoon per gallon. With a 90% water change every day and adding the salt ratio of the exchange. The treatment plan I am following can not exceed 10 days. Today is day 7 days in his hospital tank. He is staying at bottom of his tank, hiding in his rock and still wont eat. Today, I did 32 oz from his hospital tank to holding bowl. I removed 3 gallons from his tank and replaced 3 gallons treated tap water plus his 32 oz from his holding bowl. I treated the tap water with 1/2 ml of Seachem Prime and no salt except what was in his 32 oz holding bowl.

I tested his water of his main 10 gallon tank with live plants today. I had a .25 reading of ammonia. I took out 3 gallons and added 4 gallon of treated tap water with Seachem Prime of .50 ml. My plan to accumate him back to his main 10 gallon tank if water parameters jive.

I have the Methylene blue and would just do a dip. Or should I proceed to Maracyn treatment or other antibiotic treatment. I am attaching a photo from today when he was in his holding bowl. I notice black in his gills area.
 

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Bsplendid

I've read all your threads, and the only thing I can think of, I s maybe he needs some motivation. For example when I was a Betta owner, he was very picky about the food. He wouldn't eat dried liver. Then I bought a pleco ancistrus and when I put him in the tank I didn't know what type of food would he eat. So I remembered that I had the liver, which my betta wouldn't eat, so I thought OK liver for the pleco betta food for the BETTA. When I put the liver in the tank the betta Immediately started eating it.
And I'm only suggesting this cos you have large enough tank to buy him a tank mate. Have you seen him flare at anyone? Or the mirror?
 

evonner

I've read all your threads, and the only thing I can think of, I s maybe he needs some motivation. For example when I was a Betta owner, he was very picky about the food. He wouldn't eat dried liver. Then I bought a pleco ancistrus and when I put him in the tank I didn't know what type of food would he eat. So I remembered that I had the liver, which my betta wouldn't eat, so I thought OK liver for the pleco betta food for the BETTA. When I put the liver in the tank the betta Immediately started eating it.
And I'm only suggesting this cos you have large enough tank to buy him a tank mate. Have you seen him flare at anyone? Or the mirror?
I am not sure what flaring looks like. My goal is to get him a tank mate but he has fin rot and is in a hospital tank (5 gal). Did 7 days off salt treatment with daily 90% water changes. 10/29. I siphoned all the water and gravel. While I was doing this, he was in his tank water holding bowl. The water that I returned to his hospital tank was treated tap water, then him with his 32oz of salted tank water. The liver you talk about? What exactly is it and where do you buy it. I have to treat his illness or illnesses.
 

Bsplendid

Dried liver is very cheap fish food, which is mainly used for fish to grow up faster. But it's not very good cos it makes the water dirty. I was actually suggesting you get him a tank mate, to get him motivated. Flaring usually happens when the Betta is feeling in danger, like when she sees another Betta or another fish, or herself in the mirror, and she tries to attack it. Google it, you will see for yourself.
 

Bsplendid

Hi, just wanted to ask is your betta OK?
 

NearMeBettas

How has he been doing?
 

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