When I woke up this morning my beautiful betta, Rebel, was swimming happily in his 5 gallon tank (filtered and heated). But because of his newly-noticed torn fin, I added some recommended Melafix to the water (1/2 a teaspoon). And now, Rebel won’t come out of his cave I bought him the other day. I think Melafix is stressing him out and I am thinking I should really stop giving it to him. I’m setting out to find any other treatments that are more safe for the fish- or is Melafix worth the hassle and maybe I should just get him a stress coat? I don’t like putting a lot of chemicals in my tank unless it’s conditioner or something I absolutely need. I am also worried that his torn fin may be fin rot. All the decor and plants are unable to tear fins- I believe. Why do every fish I buy end up dying or not moving or get bacterial diseases? Maybe I should just stop with the fish. But Bettas are my passion! They are so beautiful and heart warming and I just love Rebel’s tank. It really lights up my room. I finally got the neon tetras removed- so maybe that will bring down Rebel’s stress. He never really liked the tetras- but when Rebel won’t come out of his cave it looks like the tank is empty. So now I’m kind of regretting taking out the neon tetras. I hope Rebel is okay. I just want to see him swimming again.
Sorry this doesn’t make sense, I am just writing my thoughts.