My son has been begging to have a fish and had finally earned one. We got him one week ago yesterday. Now this is our first Betta; and I chose this fish thinking they were very hearty and easy to care for - there is a lot more to it than I thought. I even asked at the pet store what I needed and what type of fish they would recommend. They said chose one of these tanks, gravel, decorations, and a water conditioner - they were not very helpful. The tank I bought was broken and had to be returned, and required a late night run to Walmart to get a different one so we could get it set up. I went out yesterday and got a heater and new filter inserts. Cleaned the new tank/plants/decorations well with hot water and allowed it to cycle for 24 hours before putting him it. He never seemed super active, but was ok for a few days. I kept asking my husband if his color looked different and now I think his fins look different. From what I have seen online I am wondering if he has fin rot. I am worried about the poor little guy and I am very disappointed that it seems we purchased a sick fish. My son was practically in tears earlier.
What size is your tank? 3 gallon
What temperature is your tank? 72 degrees - but just put the new heater in
Does your tank have a filter? yes
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? no
Is your tank heated? just put a heater in today with 50% water change
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? none
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? pellets and freeze dried blood worms
How often do you feed your betta fish? 1 pellet or 2-3 blood worms 2x/day
How often do you perform a water change? 1x/week
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? first change tonight 50%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? betta
Water Parameters: Have not tested the water - what should I get to test it??
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? yes dulling color; grayish, fins look shredded
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? somewhat more lethargic; doesn't eat well with pellets and hasn't since wee got him; seems to eat a little with the blood worms
When did you start noticing the symptoms? slowly progressing daily since we got him a week ago
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? Not yet really need advice on what to do
Does your fish have any history of being ill? ???only had him on week
How old is your fish (approximately)?