hi :) as you guys can tell im new but ive stalked this website for about two weeks now. im very concerned about my two new male bettas.
after losing my first betta unexpectedly a week ago i went to find a new one and was stuck choosing between a dragon and a veiltail. i bought the veiltail but the next day when returning an airstone found the other little guy and couldnt resist and bought him too :). currently the two are in a divided 5 gallon tank thats filtered but buffered by a sponge and heated. my concern lies with rosco my little dragon who i brought home the other day. he ate heartily the first night and now is barely eating hes also hiding in his man cave and lying on the bottom coming up for air every once in a while. he is flaring which i take as a good sign. :/. draco is my veiltail who is doing fine swimming all over the tank but has recently been swimming rubbing the bottom and has stress stripes. ive read up on velvet and have shined a flashlight but i dont know really what im looking for. i know they have been recently introduced to a new enviorment and that may be a factor but im really worried bc of my luck with bettas =_= btw both are being medicated for fin rot and came from petsmart. so if you guys can help it would mean the world. than you :)
What size is your tank? 5 gallon
What temperature is your tank? 83-84ish?
Does your tank have a filter? yes buffered
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? 2 bettas are in the one tank
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? freeze dried blood worms and trying to introduce pellets
How often do you feed your betta fish? daily
How often do you perform a water change? to new to have but planning either tonight or tomorrow
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? conditioner
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? brighter in color
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? --too new
When did you start noticing the symptoms? since ive had them
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? yes mardel fin rot
Does your fish have any history of being ill? no idea
How old is your fish (approximately)? new from petsmart