What size is your tank? About 1.5 Gallons - 2 Gallons. I never really measured; he's just in a nice cylindrical vase.
What temperature is your tank? Room Temperature 70F +
Does your tank have a filter? No
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? No
Is your tank heated? No
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? None
What type of food do you feed your betta fish?
Tetramin flakes, Tetramin freeze-dried bloodworms, and occasionally pellets (Not at the same time though! These foods are all pre-soaked in tank water for full expansion before he eats.)
How often do you feed your betta fish? Daily in the afternoon, usually fasts once a week
How often do you perform a water change?
Once a week or week and a half (I'm extremely busy :( )
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?
AquaSafe or BettaSafe (whichever is on hand)
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
I haven't tested it.
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed?
Top fin is basically gone, bottom fins are sort of clumpy, and rear fin seems to be getting smaller, but over very long periods of time. I haven't noticed it really, until just recently. The ends of his fins are whitish and a little bit stringy, but he's a white betta who didn't have huge, beautiful fins to begin with so it's hard to tell...I'm almost positive it's very mild fin rot or something similar, but I don't know how to tell or fix it :(
How has your betta fish's behavior changed?
It hasn't, really. He swims to the top for air, when I come in the room he perks up, and he still attacks his food with just as much excitement as usual. :) Lately, though, I've noticed he's had a little bit of trouble swimming, but it's barely noticeable. He's been floating more sideways, (like vertical, I guess) and he lays at the bottom on his rocks sometimes (but that's not unusual for Vasco).
When did you start noticing the symptoms?
About a week or two ago...I didn't notice that they were worsening until a few days ago. I had assumed he tore something on a plastic plant, so I removed the plant and didn't think anything of it.
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how?
I really haven't...I don't know what to use. I recently purchased items for a "Betta First Aid Kit" since little Vasco is accompanying me to college in twenty days, so I have Jungle Lifeguard All-in-One tablets, Aquarium Salt, and BettaFix. I also have Melafix (I know, it's basically the same but it was around the house from previous fish tanks so I grabbed it), CopperSafe, Stress Coat, Jungle Internal Parasite Guard, and Jungle Clear Water. (Any other additions I might want to make before the move?)
Does your fish have any history of being ill?
Not that I'm aware of. He occasionally suffers from bloating but I've recently begun fasting him on Saturdays and feeding him half of a pea on Sundays to relieve the constipation. It seems to be working better.
How old is your fish (approximately)?
I purchased Vasco form a local Critter Corner pet store a little bit less than one year ago. Probably...last October, so about nine or ten months ago.
Please help me out as much as possible. I'd really love for Vasco to come up to college with me healthily and active, and he's my baby. Also, if you guys have any tips on making the move easier (it's a two hour car ride) feel free to message me or add them into your advice. Thank you.