So over the last couple of day Mocha has had clamped fins and has been quite lethargic. He's been recovering, however I've notice that his tail has split right through! It was one clamped string before, but now it is two clamped up strings. I have no idea how this happened, he's in a QT tank with no plants. His bottom fin and flippers have opened, and his top fin has unclamped a few times, but his tail is looking awful! I've got him in a warm QT with epsom salts and a stress coat. Should I be concerned by the splitting tail?
Also, he hasn't eaten in five days, although he will try to eat blood worms.... how can I help him eat?
What size is your tank? 1.5 gallon QT
What temperature is your tank? 80 F
Does your tank have a filter? no
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? Pellets, blood worms.
How often do you feed your betta fish? twice daily
How often do you perform a water change? Daily
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 100%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Conditioner, stress coat, epsom salt.
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? split tail, clamped
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? he is low energy
When did you start noticing the symptoms? several days back
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? QT with epsom
Does your fish have any history of being ill? New fish
How old is your fish (approximately)? *shrugs* adult