A woman surrendered 3 bettas to me on March 25th. The small divided tank they were in "read" 8ppm ammonia (I am assuming higher because the test doesn't go further) and she said that "Water changes stress them out so I don't do them too frequently"
The info below is relevant to my CURRENT set up, not anything she did since I can not be sure about that. I will get more updated photos when I get home this afternoon.
What is the water volume of the tank? 20g long (bettas are separated in large breeder nets with plants in the nets for them to rest on and plants between the nets to avoid line of site.)
How long has the tank been running? Since Mar 24th (used a cycled filter)
Does it have a filter? Yes, 1 double-sponge rated for 20g, 1 internal canister set to low with outflow blocked by driftwood. (Needed to circulate water so temp stays steady)
Does it have a heater? Yes
What is the water temperature? 81.6 F
What is the entire stocking of this tank? (Please list all fish and inverts.) 3 betta fish. (Crowntail, Black (unknown type), and Veiltail)
How often do you change the water? 1x a week
How much of the water do you change? 20-30% depending on test kit levels
What do you use to treat your water? Since these guys are so sick, I've been using API Stress coat+, but usually seachem prime
Do you vacuum the substrate or just the water? bare bottom tank
*Parameters - Very Important
Did you cycle your tank before adding fish? Yes!
What do you use to test the water? API Master Freshwater Test Kit
What are your parameters? We need to know the exact numbers, not just “fine” or “safe”.
How often do you feed your fish? 1x morning, 1x evening.
How much do you feed your fish? Until stomach gently rounds
What brand of food do you feed your fish? Frozen Bloodworms, Spectrum New Life (pre-soaked before feeding)
Do you feed frozen or freeze-dried foods? Frozen bloodworms
Illness & Symptoms
How long have you had this fish? 1 week
How long ago did you first notice these symptoms? They have been looking bad for "a while" according to the previous owner.
In a few words, can you explain the symptoms?
- Crowntail - popeye, shredded fins
- Veiltail - missing ventral fins, all other fins clamped (fin melt?)
- Black one - destroyed fins and.... side-laying when resting. *swimming is much stronger now but still side-lays.* Watch to end of video
Have you started any treatment for the illness?
- Kanaplex (dosed 4 scoops in 20 gallon tank every 48 hours for 3 days)
- Fresh, clean water and good food.
Was your fish physically ill or injured upon purchase? Surrendered, and yes.
How has its behavior and appearance changed, if at all? DRASTICALLY. They're all so much better now. I will get better photos when I get home tonight.
Explain your emergency situation in detail. I am leaving on the 5th for a conference and won't be back until the 15th. My partner is able to feed them but I am not sure what do to about medication. Is there something helpful I can add to the tank to help the one with popeye and make sure they don't die while I'm gone?