Hey guys! I've been gone for awhile. I don't even know if anyone remembers me xD But I've been busy with college, my new exchange student, my band, work, and SA/AS therapy. So I've kind of been on hiatus, but my fishy, Techno has gotten sick... again :/
What size is your tank? 2.5 gallons
What temperature is your tank? 80 degrees F
Does your tank have a filter? No
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? No
Is your tank heated? Yes
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? None (live Java fern and moss ball though)
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Aqueon Betta food
How often do you feed your betta fish? Small pinch (3-6 pellets) twice a day
How often do you perform a water change? Twice a week (though about 3 times lately)
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? Prime Water Conditioner
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters? No
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? Had popeye about 3 months ago, recovered quickly with frequent water changes and Aquarium salt. After the popeye it looked like white stuff started coming out of his face near the eye and now it looks like the skin/scales have come off and there's a big patch of bone or white stuff on one side of his face. He's pretty thin and has lost color. He seems to have either started tail biting again or had some minor fin rot.
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? A bit more lethargic, hanging out at the top. No bubble nests or swimming around. He'll get better some days and start interacting with me, swimming, and his color will brighten, but then he'll start getting sick again.
When did you start noticing the symptoms? Popeye was about 3 months ago, they started after that but he seems to have become really affected recently.
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? Frequent water changes (about every other day with popeye, and now 3 times a week. When he's looking bad I'll put in a very small amount of aquarium salt after I change the water. I also tried API General cure because I thought maybe a parasite could have had something to do with it, and I was reading a book about tropical fish and there was a picture of a fish with "Hole in the head disease" that looked a bit like my fish and general cure is supposed to treat that. I also used API stress coat to help him out a bit for a couple of months but then I ran out (it was a small container) so now I'm using Prime.
Does your fish have any history of being ill? This is the first fish I learned how to take care of properly (in regards to tank size, water changes, and heating) and of course he happens to be the one who's always getting injured or sick. Popeye, tail biting, he has scratched himself getting stuck behind the filter (I took the filter out after), and now this has been going on the past few months.
How old is your fish (approximately)? I got him about a year ago, so maybe 1.5 years? An adult, but still pretty young for a betta.