What size is your tank? 10 gallons
What temperature is your tank? 79°
Does your tank have a filter? Yes (Whisper 10)
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? None
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Bio Gold betta pellets
How often do you feed your betta fish? I feed him 3 pellets in the morning and evening and fast him once a week
How often do you perform a water change? Weekly
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 50-75%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? I use API tap water cobditioner that claims it removes chlorine, chloramine, and heavy metals
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? His tail looks tattered...I am thinking tail biting or possible fin rot but I am not seeing any black or red edging
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? He seems okay. He is eating like normal. He is swimming all over the tank...comes up for air here and there.
When did you start noticing the symptoms? I just noticed them tonight about an hour ago
Have you started treating your fish? No because I am not sure what's wrong yet
If so, how?
Does your fish have any history of being ill? No...not as far as I've had him
How old is your fish? I am not sure but I've only had him for a month.
Okay so hubby and I were gone Sunday night and all day today until about 8 p.m. When we left Splash was fine and looked normal and healthy. I fed him his evening meal and we turned off his tank light before we left. Tonight I get home and his behavior is still normal. He is swimming around and eating. Doesn't look lethargic.
However upon inspection I notice his tail fin looks sorta tattered. I know everything in his tank is smooth and not going to hurt him. So I am thinking either he is tail biting or possible fin rot? I don't see any black or red edging where his tail is tattered though. Just his usual blue and red. I don't know what it is. Please help me!
If he's tail biting what can I do to help him? I got plants and caves for him and I've never seen him bite before. Unless he was mad we left and got bored or lonely.
If it's fin rot (which I really pray it's not) what do I do? I don't know how this happened. I am trying to establish a cycle in my tank...did I do something wrong and cause this? I don't know how I can live with myself if I made him sick.
I am attaching two pics...the first one is his normal look. The second one is how his tail looks now...