If the white tufts appear sort of fuzzy, it could either be a fungus or columnaris, a gram-negative bacteria. Seeing as you treated him with maracyn and it didn’t help, you have a couple different options.
You can send me another ask with a photo of the tufts in it so I can get a better idea of what it looks like. If you’re sure that it’s comlumnaris and not just a fungal infection, you can try a new treatment cycle with either kanamycin (SeaChem’s Kanaplex) or tetracycline, both of which treat gram-negative bacterial infections.
If you’re not sure, send me a photo and I’ll reply in private to you. If it’s fungal you don’t want to dose him with antibiotics.
To be honest, any liquid water conditioner will work well. I don’t have any experience with the tablets, however.
Do you have a filter in the tank? White cloudiness in tanks with filters is usually a sign of the nitrogen cycle beginning. If you’re taking all of the gravel out and rinsing it, it actually takes away one of the places that beneficial bacteria can grow and help along your cycle.
If you’re using just a bowl… well, I’m not sure what that could be, then! Hope that this helped you. :)
They do make small preset heaters for 5gal tank sizes, but a 50w heater of any kind will work well. Hydor makes an adjustable heater that comes in 25w and 50w sizes, located here. :) Good luck!
Clean, warm water is the best prevention for infection. If you’d like you can also add some AQ salt to the tank - just follow the instructions on the box (I believe it is one tablespoon for every five gallons). Good luck! They should be okay if you keep the water clean for them. :)
I need some more info here, anon. Are you trying to breed? Did you just throw two bettas in together?
I’ve attempted it but not with much success, to be honest. :) I had a beautiful marbled veil tail pair that I wanted to spawn, but unfortunately a new fish contaminated my tank equipment and I lost both of them. On my list, though! I’ll definitely do it someday.
I don’t quite understand the first portion of the question, but I do not sell bettas from this page. This is merely a photo/ask blog in homage to betta splendens. Where I can find them, I usually link a source to the original image.
If you’re searching for purple, you can try aquabid.com, but you’re going to shell out a fair amount of cash for them if you can even find them there. I managed to get a purple butterfly by chance at a chain pet store that I have yet to photograph and share.. they’re out there, though, you just need to look hard for them. Good luck with that!
To be honest it really depends on where you’re purchasing them from. At a pet store or a chain store it’s usually anywhere from $3 for veil tails and $15 or so for halfmoons, with different types in-between. Online you can expect to pay as little as $5 or as much as $45+ for quality specimens.
Clean, warm water and a high-protein diet. When in doubt clean water is often the best remedy.
It really does depend on the personality of the fish. I’ve kept bettas that shredded shrimp on me and I’ve also kept bettas that were chased by (large) ghost shrimp. If you have plenty of cover for the shrimp they should be able to hide from potential harm. If you add them before the betta, it will definitely have a different outcome. If you allow him to establish a territory and then introduce the shrimp they will more than likely be subject to at least a little chasing.
That sounds like tail biting to me, and not fin rot. Fin rot is usually (although not always) as a result of an injury to the fins and doesn’t demolish tails overnight. If you don’t have access to medicine, lean water and AQ salt is the best remedy, but it’ll take a little time. Have patience, keep the water clean and you should avoid infection. :)
It’s possible, but without more info or photos or anything it’s hard to say. If he began floating after feeding I want to say it would be a constipation issue (which can mess with the swim bladder), but I’m not 100% certain to be honest with you. It could also be completely unrelated to that, as well, and just have been something you didn’t catch symptoms for.
Of course! You can feed brine shrimp (either frozen or cultivated on your own), mosquito larvae, blackworms… most frozen )or even some live!) fish food you can find is digestible by bettas as long as it is not plant-based.
Yes, all of the babies that we got at my store are veil tails.. though I agree, it would be awesome to have some others in there!
Yes! Petco is currently trying out offering 6-week old bettas in addition to their adult stock. Younger bettas will benefit from a nutrient-rich diet and warm water.. blood worms are great, but a small pellet food as staple is also great. :)