All righty.. so I just noticed a few tiny pinholes in Cella's tail fin, closer to his body and not near the edge of his fin. You can see light through them, so the holes go completely through the fin. So I dunno if this is tail biting or I've read that they can flare and rip their fins? I never see him flaring, except for ~10 seconds or so every other day when I show him a mirror.. though I will stop that until they heal. Here's my detailed info! I am just concerned because I will be out of town for 4 days and want to make sure he will be ok while I am away. His tank does have several live plants and 1 plastic decoration which I went over with a file to smooth any rough edges.
What size is your tank? 5gal
What temperature is your tank? 78 degrees
Does your tank have a filter? -yes
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? -no
Is your tank heated? -yes
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? -3 otos, which is overcrowded.. but I watch the parameters closely..
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? -NLS
How often do you feed your betta fish? -3x a day 2 pellets
How often do you perform a water change? -weekly
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? -50-ish%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? -Seachem neutral regulator
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
-yes, 3 days ago, and did a water change yesterday. I use the API freshwater liquid test kit
Nitrate: 5-10-ish -those two colors are so close!
pH: 6.8-7.0 -again colors too close for me to differentiate
Hardness: no idea
Alkalinity: no idea
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? -noticed some pinholes in caudal fin
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? -nah he's a feisty booger :)
When did you start noticing the symptoms? -20 minutes ago
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? -nope, I do have melafix on hand, though I know there are mixed feelings about this product
Does your fish have any history of being ill? -no
How old is your fish (approximately)? -14 weeks old.. got him from breeder so his age is pretty accurate
Thanks in advance!!