I've noticed a considerable change in my betta's fins and, concerned, I came here to check what I could do to fix it. After exploring and reading a LOT, I've come to realize that there is a lot that I may need to fix about my care. I'm going to fill out the questions and state the housing/care problems which I can fix and the ones which I may not be able to because of my own situation.
What size is your tank?
What temperature is your tank?
I'm unsure. Like I said, I'm planning to fix a lot of betta care issues, but wanted to know exactly what I need to pick up at the pet store before making a trip.
Does your tank have a filter?
No. The filter my tank came with was a bubble filter and I was told that bettas wouldn't like the agitation. I housed a betta in a similar tank without a filter for 2.5 years, so I thought I would be ok without one.
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration?
Is your tank heated?
No. This is another thing which I hope to pick up at the pet store. I would say it hasn't been cold enough in my apartment for the water to be TOO chilly, considering it's NYC without AC.
What tank mates does your betta fish live with?
What type of food do you feed your betta fish?
Hikari, thought I read that New Life Spectrum may be better so I am going to look for it.
How often do you feed your betta fish?
Twice, as much as he will eat (between 8-10 pellets).
How often do you perform a water change?
Once a week, %100. This is something which I am going to start doing differently after reading this site. I always did %100 changes on a similar schedule for my previous betta so I thought this would be plenty. Before I knew about ammonia burning, etc!
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change?
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change?
Aqueon Water Conditioner
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
Haven't done this. Again, very inexperiened.
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed?
I'm pretty sure he was a delta tail and now, his back fin is ragged and nearly gone completely.
How has your betta fish's behavior changed?
This has not changed much. He still seems active and healthy. Still eating.
When did you start noticing the symptoms?
I'm really ashamed I haven't noticed this sooner. But I realized just how bad it had gotten the past couple of days.
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how?
Not yet. That's why I am here!
Does your fish have any history of being ill?
How old is your fish (approximately)?
I've had him since mid April.
If it is fin tearing, the culprit may be my decorations. I have a crocodile skull which he enjoys hiding in and a purple leaved silk plant that has some spikier cones that I plan on removing next %100 water change I do.
The reason I'm having trouble diagnosing this as fin rot is because he is a very dark fish, and has always had black/semi-transparent fins. Maybe a more experienced eye can tell me for sure?
LIST OF THINGS TO GET:
NLS Betta food
PS: I know 2 gallons is on the small side. Unfortunately, I'm not allowed anything bigger per my lease. The pet store employee I spoke with tried to convince me to get a smaller, simpler tank because "a betta doesn't need that much," but I got this one because of good experiences in the past with the same model. So I'm hoping not to be lambasted with "You need a bigger tank." I would just like to help my fish.
Thanks for any advice you can give me!
And I'm ashamed to post this before image:
I know it's really bad... no need to tell me... >.< That's why I came here for help!