Hey guys; first post here. Used to raise bettas some years ago, had 17 of them at one point - then I moved into an apartment with far less room... since then all my babies have grown up and passed on.
But a few months ago I fell in love with a pet store betta who had similar coloration to a Mustard Gas, and had to have him... thankfully bossman didn't object to having another betta in the office. :3
And of course, first fish I've had in years and he's got to be the first one I've encountered who's come down with pain-in-the-butt health issues. Last week I noticed he was developing a small case of fungus (one little patch on his head and another on his side); one of my coworkers gave me this "Pimafix" stuff to use that she'd used with her fish, Kampfstoff didn't seem to like it much at ALL (clamped his fins and hid under his plant at first, also refused food for a few hours), but after two days it did seem to be working. Thursday was Christmas Eve and I knew I wouldn't be in for three days, so I did a water change and re-medicated, then said a prayer and went home.
Came in this morning and he seems MUCH more active, fungus has receded even more - but now there's a new issue; it looks like some fin rot's gotten a hold of him. About 1/4 of his lower fin has been eaten away and some of the edges are red. I remember having this issue with one of my fish years ago (consequently another gold-finned boy) but I honestly can't remember how it was resolved... and the fact that it's come around at the same time as the fungus problem is making me nervous.
To add to this all - I'm not going to be at work for most of the rest of the week; taking a stay-local mini vacation. Sure as heck not gonna leave my baby here if he's sick (no offense to my coworkers but I don't trust them to medicate him) so he'll be coming home with me.
SO GUYS, here's where you all come in - what should I treat with and how should I go about it, and what's the best way to prevent this from happening again? I used to use Aquarium Salt and Aquarisol in all the boys's tanks but haven't been doing it with this guy, guess I need to go back to that! But should I switch to a different medication in the meantime? (Was thinking JFE and maybe some kind of antibitotic, but you're the experts here!)
Tank and fish specs:
-male betta, between 8 months - 1 year old, no prior health issues
-1 gallon tank, aquarium gravel, cloth plant (full water change once a week)
-Top Fin brand betta water conditioner
-Top Fin brand color enhancing betta bits (pellet food)
-Aquarium Pharmeceuticals PimaFix (~1/8 teaspoon per day)