Hi - I have two male bettas, Goliath and Gallimimus. Goliath is a crowntail and is 10 mos old, Gallimimus is a normal (there is probably a specific name, right?) betta and is about 7 mos old. At the end of August, Goliath's fins became raggedy and trimmed in white which I treated as fugnal fin rot using melafix. Gallimimus, almost since we got him, had weird spots on him and his fins were short and curly at the ends. We also treated him for fin rot. Goliath came back strong. Gallimimus' coloring is much better, but his fins are still short and curly on the ends (except for his tail fin, it is looking much better.)
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(Their tank set up is pretty identical.)
What size is your tank?
About 3.5 gal each
What temperature is your tank?
Normally between 74 and 76F.
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?
A pot for hiding and some silk plants. Nothing living.
What type of food do you feed your betta fish?
Pellets and dried bloodworms, alternated. Gallimimus has only recently began liking the bloodworms.
How often do you feed your betta fish?
1x a day, usually in the AM before I go to work or class.
How often do you perform a water change?
50% 1x/week, 100% 1x/week (Wednesdays and Sundays, generally.)
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change?
Tetra Aqua Safe Water Conditioner.
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
Ammonia: 0-.25ppm (it's not quite either on the color chart.)
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed?
Ratty fins. Gallimimus had a big dark spot on his top fin (now gone) but now Goliath has the same thing going on (but on his tail fin - it's less visible since he is dark blue and Gallimimus is pale pink.)
How has your betta fish's behavior changed?
Not much - Goliath is still friendly and Gallimimus is a total wimp.
When did you start noticing the symptoms?
Since we brought Gallimimus home, in September, and Goliath had one bout of fin rot in September but had been fine for months until the middle of last week when I noticed a spot on his back fin. He's looking rattier again since then.
Have you started treating your fish?
If so, how? I used Melafix successfully with both, treating the water with the correct dosage on the bottle.
Does your fish have any history of being ill?
Not other than fin rot.
How old is your fish (approximately)?
Less than a year.
So my questions are:
1) Does this sound like reoccurring fin rot, or am I missing something?
2) Are there more steps I should be taking / not taking in order to get their health to stabilize?
3) What is up with aquarium salt for bettas? Some sources tell me it's necessary, others say forget it. Thoughts??
Thanks. I know you all hear about fin rot all the time, and I found that info helpful, I'm just worried about why this keeps coming back