My fish has been very healthy since I've had him (4-5 months). When I went to feed this morning he was laying down. I freaked out and went to put his food away when he swimmed to the top for his breakfast, which he happily ate. He swimmed around for a minute and layed down again. He looks a little pale and it seems that he bit his own fins as opposed to fin rot, which he's never done before. I changed his water right away (it had last been changed last Saturday) and put his filter on. When I changed the water I put stress coat in. He seemed worse with the filter on so I shut it off right away (it had been on about five minutes). Here is the fill out info:
What size is your tank? 2.5 gallons
What temperature is your tank? 83
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? None
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Betta buffet flakes and betta bites. I just started putting betta bites in the am and keeping the flakes for the pm about 5 days ago.
How often do you feed your betta fish? Twice daily
How often do you perform a water change? Usually weekly, give or take a day.
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change?
1/2-3/4. I don't do 100% because of the live plants.
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? API tap water conditioner
Have you tested your water? No If so, what are the following parameters?
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? Yes. Semi-pale, shredded fins
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? Yes. Laying down. Sometimes straight, other times to his side.
When did you start noticing the symptoms? This morning.
Have you started treating your fish? No If so, how?
Does your fish have any history of being ill? No
How old is your fish (approximately)? Unknown. He's an adult but he doesn't seem old.