I found my fish laying on his side at the bottom of his 5 Gallon tank last night, panting like a dog. His tank has a heater and a filter. Parts of his tail are missing, he's missing quite a few scales, mostly on his face. It also looks like his face was bleeding a bit. I floated him in his cup for the night so it was less stressful for him. He hasn't eaten anything since. I was thinking my cat possibly got a swipe at him through the hole for the filter at the back of the tank?
What size is your tank? 5 gallon
What temperature is your tank? 78-80 Roughly
Does your tank have a filter? Yes
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? No just the filter which has a fairly heavy flow.
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? Omega One Betta Buffet Pellets
How often do you feed your betta fish? 2 in the morning and two in the afternoon.
How often do you perform a water change? Every week.
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 50% Roughly, closer to 40%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Stess coat, 2.5mL
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters? No, this has not been fixed.
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? - He has chunks of his tail falling out, and he's lost alot of scales, particularily in the face area.
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? - He lays on his side at the bottom of his cup, will float up for air, then float back down. He won't eat anything either.
When did you start noticing the symptoms? - Last night around 5pm.
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? - I put some aquarium salt in his cup, and some stress coat, but don't know what else to do.
Does your fish have any history of being ill? - No
How old is your fish (approximately)? - about 6 months? Not to sure got him from the Petstore healed him (you probably remember my story about Tug) I gave him to my friend and am currently at my friend`s house typing this. She did the behavior etc.