Not sure if I am being paranoid but I just wanted to check…
What size is your tank?
What temperature is your tank?
Does your tank have a filter?
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration?
Is your tank heated?
Yes (Elite Mini 25W)
What tank mates does your betta fish live with?
What type of food do you feed your betta fish?
Wardley betta pellets
I have better food in the mail for him: Hikari Betta Bio-Gold pellets, Hikari FD Daphnia, Hikari FD Brine Shrimp
How often do you feed your betta fish?
Twice a day, 1 pellet (he eats both; don’t want to overfeed him, playing it safe as he’s so small).
How often do you perform a water change?
50% scheduled for twice a week
100% once a week
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change?
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change?
Jungle Insto Chlor (removes chlorine and chloramine)
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
Symptoms and Treatment:
How has your betta fish's appearance changed?
He appears to have a white lip… He isn’t clamping, seems active, his appetite is great.
How has your betta fish's behavior changed?
No, he glides around his tank, gets VERY active when someone goes over to him/curious about what’s going on around him in the room. From what I can see from a far, he’s resting next to his plant on the bottom right now. He isn’t gasping, clamping, and doesn’t appear to be rubbing up against anything. His fins are spread too.
When did you start noticing the symptoms?
I purchased him from Petsmart and after I brought him home noticed that he has sort of a white “mustache” on his upper lip. It doesn’t appear “fuzzy” but it’s hard to tell since he’s pretty small.
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how?
No. He did get a 50% water change yesterday though.
Does your fish have any history of being ill?
None known. He was definitely the most active fish of the bunch. He does have some bent rays in his tail (not sure if he’s just “unique” [i.e. deformed] or was injured at some point).
How old is your fish (approximately)?
Probably under a year. He’s still pretty small, about 1 1/4” long not including his fins.
Again, I could just be paranoid but I just want an outside opinion on whether it might be something worth keeping an eye on (columnaris?) or if it’s just part of his natural coloration.
(Not the most flattering lighting for the fish color-wise but it got that white lip)