What size is your tank?~ 30 Gallons
What temperature is your tank?~ 78 Degrees F.
Does your tank have a filter?~ Yes, Aqua Tech 20-40 Power Filter with Bio Fiber.
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? Yes, 18 inch Bubble wand.
Is your tank heated? Yes, 2-100 Watt Submersable Heaters, One at each end of tank near the bottom.
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? All together there is a total of 10 Female Bettas, 4 Cory Catfish, & 2 Nerite snails.
What type of food do you feed your betta fish?~ Flakes,Frozen,Pellets, & Freeze Dried. Brands are, Tetra Min, Aqueon, Hikari Bio Gold, & Sanfrancisco Bay Brand.
How often do you feed your betta fish?~ Once a day at 10:00 in the Morning.
How often do you perform a water change?~ Once a week on Saturday Mornings.
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change?~ 25%? It is 7 to 8 gallons taken out of a 30 Gallon tank.
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change?~ API Strees Zyme & API Stress Coat.
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
Hardness: 240 Carbonate Hardness
Alkalinity: 180 General Hardness
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed?~ Frayed Fins, Tissue missing between the rays of the fins and tails, Swollen Bellies, on some of the Bettas, but none the Cory Catfish have any symptoms.
How has your betta fish's behavior changed?~ Seem slower to respond to feeding time, but do still eat eagerly. Swim slower also.
When did you start noticing the symptoms?~ A few days ago
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how?~ No treatment yet, waiting to be advised first.
Does your fish have any history of being ill?~ No
How old is your fish (approximately)?~ All ages from baby up to 1 year old
I seen a couple of the Bettas have minor fraying of the fins, but didn't seem bad. They do not ever fight or chase each other, It is a very peaceful Sorority. But last night they seemed so much worse in just 3 days after I first noticed. Some now have bigger bellies but no pinecone bellies.
1st~ picture is "Star" You can see her fins are starting to look like a crown tail with the flesh gone between the rays of her tail.
2nd~ is "Lacey" with really bad frayed fins. Bigger belly too.
3rd & 4th~ picture is "Petunia" who looks and acts the most sick. Big belly, frayed fins and kind of slimy looking skin.
5th ~ is "Spectra" the fish in my Avitar photo. Frayed fins, Bigger belly and pale colored long "poop" as seen in picture.
6th~ is "Pixie" & "Angel" that dont look to tattered yet. Up in the upper left hand side you see baby Betta " Misty" with a really big belly but not like a pinecone.
The rest of the Bettas don't look too bad yet. Also I took out the smallest baby Betta "Starley" about 4 days ago because she wasn't getting her fair share of food because she swam too slow for her little body. She is in an unheated 1 Gallon Bowl till she gets a bit bigger. But she was in the 30 gallon when the other Bettas started showing signs. So do I treat her too along with the other Bettas? "Starley" is a Crown Tail and so small that I can't tell in the 1 split in her tail and the one split in her top fin is normal or the start of fin rot. What should I do?
What kind of Meds should I buy today at my local Pet Store? A friend told me Maracyn 2 with Aquarium Salt. But I thought Cory Catfish couldn't stand any salt in their tank water and they live in the 30 Gallon with the Bettas. What should I do about the Nerite Snails? Will salt or Medicine hurt them? Please help!