What size is your tank?
What temperature is your tank?
Does your tank have a filter?
Yes. It now has a Fluval Pre-Filter sponge on the intake - new since I saw Ulmo's talk (looking over other posts). It's always had the DIY bottle barrister.
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration?
Yes. A small airstone in the corner opposite of the filter, with the bubbles at low-blow. It's a fine-bubble bubble stone, I have the cord crimped. It's just to keep the plants from being covered by protein film.
Is your tank heated?
What tank mates does your betta fish live with?
Three ghost shrimp.
What type of food do you feed your betta fish?
Hikari Betta Biogold, Betta Buffet, baby ghost shrimp (I have Petsmart find the small ones - Ulmo likes chasing and eating the really small ones), and freeze-dried bloodworms.
How often do you feed your betta fish
? He fasts at least one day a week. Some days he gets fed less than other days. I mix it up. He either gets: One large meal of three pellets/worms. One baby ghost shrimp. A pinch of Betta Buffet. OR. One pellet/worm three times a day spaced out.
How often do you perform a water change?
Once a week, maybe twice depending on the water parameters.
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change?
25-50% once a week.
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change?
I add Nutrafin Aquaplus Water Conditioner and Stress Coat.
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
A yellow between 0.0 and 0.25. (My water automatically has a small amount of ammonia. A few days, and it lowers.)
Around 10 ppm
7.7-7.9 (He gets lethargic below this, and my water has a high pH to begin with.)
I test my water faithfully once a week. These have been generally steady readings over the past two weeks.
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed?
His tail has gotten "shreddy"-looking. It's either fin rot, tail biting, or a blown tail.
How has your betta fish's behavior changed?
He's more active. He's not as flare-y, though. He used to flare at EVERYTHING, which makes me think blown tail. Now he's not flaring as much?
When did you start noticing the symptoms
? Overnight. A few days ago.
Have you started treating your fish?
If so, how? I added a little bit of aquarium salt to his tank. I'm avoiding medication, and am considering doing salt baths, but I kind of want advice to begin with?
Does your fish have any history of being ill?
No. Not at all.
How old is your fish (approximately)?
I got him from the pet store about a month ago. I'd say maybe 6 months to a year.
I've since gone through and done the nylon test on every plant, every surface of that tank. Only one didn't pass, and that was a plant he avoided anyway because it was right next to the filter?
He did have a flare-ing frenzy at Muriel for a while there, since her tank was next to his and the two went nuts at each other for a while. I've since moved her.
I added a Fluval Pre-Filter sponge to my filter uptake, just in case. I've also added more live plants (anubias nana x1, java fern x2, wisteria x1, cabomba x2, and various swords x3) to his tank to slow the filter flow/water current. I have tried to give him areas of no current in his tank, too. He now has NO plastic plants (he only had 1 to begin with), several live plants, and several silk plants. I did raise the temperature of his tank a degree (From 79.5* to 81*), since a lot of threads say that can help?
I've also tired to give him more protein in his diet, recently with some raw shrimp minced - one or two little bites instead of a pellet. This is because OFL said in a thread that I found somewhere on here to up the protein.
He's a very active fish, and he's incredibly inter-active and curious, which makes me think that he might be getting bored - thus tail biting. So I got him the ghost shrimp, and since then he hasn't lost any more of his tail, just the little shreddies are falling off. No NEW chunks or slices. He chases the ghost shrimp around and plays with those now, instead of just chillin' out in the corner or whatever. He SEEMS happier.
If I need to, I'm more than willing to get a one-gallon tank, with a heater, and quarantine him in there until he gets better. He's a wonderful fish!
Here is a link to a Photobucket Album with several pictures of Ulmo's tail:
I'm not sure it's Fin Rot, since there's no black edge or fungal looking anything. But I'm not familiar with it? He refuses to flare, so no pictures of that, really. I'll try to get more/better pictures later this evening.
I appreciate any input.