Hi all, sorry to be just another non-contributing new-member asking for help, but what can i say.
maybe as i come in the door i can toss out some editorial critique, and that'll be my dowry. the site's registration requires that i agree to abide by the rules i've read "here
unfortunately to click on the hyperlink in the ToA, you have to have already registered, requiring you to have already read the rules... lol.
i know i know, wrong place, but im reaching my point, my fish is SICK. i think. I've had a betta before, several years ago, and i did poorly in taking care of it. it survived two years with me, and died shortly after i gave it to someone else. (praaabably my fault)
this time i have a much more flexible schedule and a few more tools at my disposal, so i'm determined to keep this fish swimming!
I've noticed a format for this kind of request around the forum so:
What size is your tank? 4 L
What temperature is your tank? unadjustable heater, crappy thermometer, I'd wager mid eighties. It'll come out once summer rears.
Does your tank have a filter? no
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? no
Is your tank heated? aye.
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? pebbles, a couple silicate chunks.
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Tetra Betta Plus floating pellets
How often do you feed your betta fish? 4-6 pellets, ~ 2 at a time daily sans sundays.
How often do you perform a water change? weekly
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? nutrafin Betta Plus water conditioner for bettas
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
what am i? scientist?
Ammonia: 75 milohertz
Nitrate: 14 microjoules
pH: 2 stone
Hardness: it's liquid
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? slowly growing white patch.
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? maybe
a little more lethargic. Generally (and still) quite curious, active, hungry.
When did you start noticing the symptoms? the fish was given to me with what looked like the very beginning of what i determined to be progressive marbling. a white patch of scales. no cottony fluff, no salty or grainy spots. now, some 3-4 months later the white patch has opaqued and grown in size, but **theres a little bit of swelling** in the middle of it. the scales are just barely raised away from the flesh it looks like.
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? suctioning his waste and uneaten food out with clean plastic tubing, 4-5 days of some herbal anti-fungal way back when i was researching what it could be but nothing recently. my first betta was on a veritible cocktail of drugs his whole life... again, I was an awful fish owner, but we must all learn eh?
Does your fish have any history of being ill? Buddy-Gus-Henry has a stoic game face if he's been ill this whole time. but since i received him it's been around a hundred days.
How old is your fish (approximately)? petstore age + a few days + the months I've had him. he's a short-fin betta so i can't really be sure.
I'm gonna toss up some pictures in an edit or a subsequent post.
other topics I hope someone can help me with:
he has red under-scale flesh that I'm worried could be velvet, especially in the area around his gills. he doesn't twinkle under a bright light like some people say velveted fish will though.
Among his other scales, there are several that are just plain whiter. but it's the whole scale normally, not spackly like what ich appears to be.
anyway, if anyone has had a fish that marbled, and could give me their opinion, i'd be grateful. like, how does marbling occur, do the scales flat-out change color? or maybe do they like, molt? i haven't seen any scales when i'm pooper-scoopin his tank, to preemptively answer that bloated/molting-related question.
and yes it's 5:40 a.m. on easter morning, ya wanna fight about it?