What size is your tank?
What temperature is your tank?
Typically 78. I'm turning it up to 84 for the sick girls.
Does your tank have a filter?
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration?
Is your tank heated?
What tank mates does your betta fish live with?
It's a female sorority ranging from 3-5 fish.
What type of food do you feed your betta fish?
Omega One Betta Flakes
How often do you feed your betta fish?
A small pinch twice per day, 6 days a week.
How often do you perform a water change?
20% water changes twice weekly, 50% water changes once per month.
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change?
Typically Topfin water conditioner, but occasionally Aqueon Ammonia Neutralizer if ammonia starts to rise a little.
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following
Ammonia: .25 ppm
Nitrite: 0 ppm
Nitrate: 0 ppm
Hardness: General :~15 ppm
Carbonate: 0 ppm
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed?
Scales have pineconed.
How has your betta fish's behavior changed?
They are laying on their sides on the bottom of their tank except to get air.
When did you start noticing the symptoms?
The pineconed scales have only been noticeable since this morning. They have been gradually becoming more lethargic for about 3 days now.
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how?
Except to start warming the tank, not yet.
Does your fish have any history of being ill?
They are new fish.
How old is your fish (approximately)?
They are 2 1/2 weeks out of the petstore.