So I told you I got Firecracker Wednesday afternoon. Well, it's Friday afternoon, and all day yesterday he was hiding and wouldnt eat. Today he ate a pellet, but his fins were VERY clamped, like my last betta who passed away, so I freaked out. Since he spat out all his food secretly (so I couldnt get it out of the tank) yesterday, I figured I should do a 100% water change.
When I finally got him out of the tank, I noticed there were MANY tears in his fins. It was then I realized that it was ALMOST like that when I got him. I'm almost sure it's fin rot, but after 2 days!? What do I do now? That means he mustve had it a bit in the store no? I'd appreciate your opinions and help on this guys.
What size is your tank? 2.5 gallon bowl
What temperature is your tank? was at 76-78 F (fluctuating)
Does your tank have a filter? Yes, a spongefilter
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? no
Is your tank heated? Yes, by a pad at the bottom
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? None
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Betta Bio-Gold Pellets
How often do you feed your betta fish? Twice a day, 2 pellets
How often do you perform a water change? Twice a week, but I've only had him for 2 days so I havent gotten to do this.
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 50%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Prime Water Conditioner - 2-3 drops
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed?
Fins are clamped close to body, when he moves around though he lets them out a bit. There are edges gone off, and it is jagged on the top and bottom fins, not the big one at the back
How has your betta fish's behavior changed?
He hides all the time. Sinks to the bottom and rests sideways on the gravel. Swims only to chase food (50% of the time he wont chase it) or to go to another hiding spot or resting spot. He is at the top hiding in leaves, or at the bottom on the gravel, each about 50-50 though. I put him in a cup to do the water change and he's FREAKING out though, twitching and swimming like crazy, like when I first got him! I dont know what to make of that.
When did you start noticing the symptoms? Yesterday
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? Im doing a 100% water change right now.
Does your fish have any history of being ill? I dont know
How old is your fish (approximately)? I think he's an adult
Thanks a lot guys!
I mean, I really dont want anything to happen to this little guy. It's 4pm here and I can run over to Big Als until 9 to get medication hopefully, if that's what you think he needs.
PS: In the pictures from today, he's flared out a bit because I moved him to a cup (where the picture was taken), while I was cleaning out the tank.