So here's my story and from what I've read, its pretty common. A few weeks ago, we had a party at my university. Betta fish were given away as party favors, and of course, mine was stolen from me before I could nab him. So being the whiney, lonely 23 year old girl that I am (
) I convinced my boyfriend to take me out to buy one. I had all intentions of getting my betta fish from a good place, but while walking through the aisles of Walmart, Michelangelo caught my eye. He is a beautiful fish, bright red in color, and full of a playful, loving personality. He already knows who I am and swims up to the glass on the tank when I walk into the room. I love my Michelangelo to pieces. I didn't notice his tail, however, until a few days later. And that's why I'm posting on here to see if there is anything else I can do for my little guy.
MA lives in a 5.5 gal tank with a carbon filter. I don't have the carbon in as I'm using the API Fungus Cure and 1 rounded tablespoon of Aquarium Salt in his tank at the moment. The temperature is set at 76-78F and I have an awesome heater that helps it stay that way. He is the king of his tank and lives by his lonesome on my nightstand.
I feed him Betta Bio-Gold pellets (3 twice a day) and occasionally I'll substitute some blood worms for him from time to time.
I do about 25% water change every 5-7 days (I have an uncycled tank so I'm trying not to kill off all the good bacteria for him), and I add in some water dechlorinator.
Water parameters are all normal and have been since I got MA. I test before I do my water changes every week.
Symptoms and Treatment:
MA is very active still and he eats all of his food like a good little fish. The only thing I've noticed is his tail is looking shredded and it had black tips. I noticed a white Harry Potter scar on his forehead the other day. We've nicknamed him the Fish Who Lived, but other than that, nothing out of the ordinary. It's still in the early stages, but some of his other fins have a white-ish coloring on them now, which I'm sure is the fin rot. I'm using the API Fungus Cure and Aquarium Salt. Just added it tonight and he seems to be doing alright, even if the color looks yellow-green. It's kind of pretty in the light. I didn't treat him for the first few weeks I had him, because I was hoping that the clean water would do him some good. He seemed to respond well to the water change, but it just doesn't seem to be getting much better. I'm guessing MA is a few months old. He has gotten bigger in the few weeks I've had him. His fins are much fuller and his coloring is still very, very vibrant. He doesn't have clamped fins or anything and his diet is still good, so I'm hopeful that it is still in the beginning stages of fin rot.
So, is there anything else I can do for him now? Or is it time to play the waiting game to see what happens?
Also, this forum is wonderful and it helped me spoil my fish so much when I first got him. He's my very first pet and I feel like he had a nice set up for a little betta fish. Thanks for being so awesome and helping out new fish lovers like myself!