Just got a new boy, and having had a history of losing new fish for no apparent reason, I thought I'd do a quick checkup on the boy I just got. He's currently in a 1.75 gallon hospital/quarantine tank until I can get a better home for him. It is heated, and is dosed at 1tsp/gallon AQ salt. He doesn't seem to be having any issues, except maybe a fungal issue (signs on dorsal - not sure if natural color, new growth, or problem), and maybe some fin rot (one of his ventrals is pretty beat up, couldn't get a good shot though)
I have hard water, and my CT's rays are VERY curled/mangled, but I figured it was worth a check. Taking a second look at his ventrals, only the red is curled, but he's got long straight white fins too. Almost looks like the read is a sheath around the white.
I'm not positive, that's why I'm asking XD I see the white/clear edges on his dorsal, and it makes me wonder. He does have some areas in the white of his caudal fin that are slightly translucent, so I don't know if its his color or not.
I wanted to get some quick shots of him before I gave him more room to swim around in, and thus places to hide from my view, just in case there was something wrong with him. I'll definitely be getting more pictures of him tomorrow. When I took the above photos, it was dark in my apartment, so I switched on my lights, and also my desk lamp for a little extra (since its still pretty dark). Otherwise, I usually take my pictures during the day, but I only get sun in the morning hours.
Just take another picture in the sunlight if you can find the time. I think treating a fish for injuries they don't have is worse. That's why good pictures are vital if you want people to give you a accurate diagnosis.
For example.... My betta Senetti managed to get half her body through a hole in a broken decoration slightly larger than a AAA battery. Once I cut her out, she had has severe cuts around her midsection . I did NOT medicate her because she shows no signs of infection eventhough her flesh is completely exposed.
She's doing fine right now and behaves like nothing is wrong. She's going to be changed out of her oak leave water into clean conditioned water after I post this...
Also she's already reached day 10 with the salt treatment, so now she's going to just get stress coat, some new oak leaves & a bay leaf.