What size is your tank?
What temperature is your tank?
Does your tank have a filter?
--Yes AquaClear 30 (baffled) **might be culprit??**
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?
--3 male platies
What type of food do you feed your betta fish?
--BettaMin, Omega One bloodworms. He is offered Omega One pellets but refuses anything but flakes or worms. He also sometimes steals my platies regular tropical flakes.
How often do you feed your betta fish?
--2x a day
How often do you perform a water change?
--For the first month he was in there, 5x a week... Fish-in cycling :/ ...As of last friday though, it's definitely cycled based on water tests, so I'm doing weekly changes now.
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?
--Seachem Prime. My plants also get Flourish Excel daily and API Leaf Zone 1x a week.
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
Nitrate: 0 (don't know how this is, but I have A LOT of plants)
Hardness: don't know
Alkalinity: don't know
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed?
--Last monday when I came back for the weekend, he was missing 2 fin spikes. (He's a crowntail) Today when I got back for the weekend, he's missing 2 or three more, and one of them looks red or bloody?
How has your betta fish's behavior changed?
When did you start noticing the symptoms?
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how?
Does your fish have any history of being ill?
--Yes, I've been battling ich in my tank for the last 2 and half weeks. It's been clear since last wednesday, but I've kept the water temperature up still, and there is still 7 teaspoons of AQ salt in it.
How old is your fish (approximately)?
--Got him April 24th? I think.
So my betta's fins are getting torn to pieces and I don't know how or why. :(
My filter intake is not covered with a sponge or anything, but I don't really see him anywhere near there. It doesn't look like fin rot to me, it looks more, idk violent? My platies don't ever go near him, so I don't think it's them. I do have A LOT of live plants in there: Water Sprite (his "spot" ... also my water sprite is huge and spiky and he kinda gets caught it in, but he loves swimming through it --- I'm not sure if it's rough enough to rip his fins though), I also have Anacharis, Hornwort, a HUGE Anubias embedded in driftwood, Moneywort, and 2 amazon swords. I also have 2 silk plants that I might take out.
My question is... there's already salt in the tank and should I leave it in until his fins go back to normal? Should I cover the filter intake with a sponge? Does that decrease its effectiveness? Any other medicines I could give him? Should I up the salt (7 tsp currently in a 10g)? I never see him biting his tail and he has tank friends to keep him from being bored, but could that be it? I don't really know much about tail biting.
I'd absolutely hate to take the water sprite out, since he loves it and it looks so nice in my tank, but I will if I have to. I'm not even sure it's the plant though.