What size is your tank? 3 gallon glass bowl (I usually only fill it half way)
What temperature is your tank? Not sure
Does your tank have a filter? No
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? No
Is your tank heated? No
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? None, but he can see my female fish. They don't mind each other and they is absolutely no aggression/fear/flaring or anything like that.
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? A wee bit of BettaMin Tropical Medley (flakes) and Hikari frozen brine shrimp cubes (mostly). I recently switched from one Aqua Culture Betta Bite a day along with the shrimp to the flakes.
How often do you feed your betta fish? Once a day. Sunday is fasting day.
How often do you perform a water change? Once a day
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? Tetra conditioner and pH balance.
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters? N/A
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? The back of the anal fin is torn. Above the missing chunk is a giant red spot.
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? It hasn't.
When did you start noticing the symptoms? This morning during the water change. I went to cup him, and I accidentally pushed his fin against the glass. He swam away and it tore part of the fin off.
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? I put a towel over his tank to keep him from getting stressed. He always has a scarf over his over (to prevent jumping) and he seems to really like it. He even sleeps right next to where the scarf is bunched up next to his tank. I figured he would like the towel.
Does your fish have any history of being ill? He has extremely mild SBD when I first got him (about a week or two ago). He would only show symptoms when he was moved a lot.
How old is your fish (approximately)? Old. He's huge and not as active as my other fish. I got him from Petsmart.
I feel absolutely terrible for hurting him... I've been crying nonstop since. I use a red plastic Solo cup to get him when I do water changes. ANY advice would be great. Tomorrow I'm going to the store and buying him a heater, a cave, stress coat, and aquarium salt. Is there anything else I should pick up?