I've posted about my fish's shredded fins many times and they still aren't getting better. I'm getting so frustrated and upset because nothing I do seems to help.
I first had him in a 5 gallon tank and I thought the intake filter was shredding his fins. I baffled the filter (the return filter was already baffled) and this didn't seem to help too much. I moved and he did as well - to a 10 gallon tank. His fins seem even more shredded now and the intake and return filters are heavily baffled. He does like to hang out near the filter though so if anyone has any suggestions on how to keep him away that would be appreciated..??
I also bought him a 1 gallon hospital tank at my LPS but I wasn't able to find a heater that is small enough there. Does anyone have any suggestions? The last thing I want to do is put him in highly fluctuating/cold water.
**Also - he began changing colors about a month ago. I'm not sure what its from (it was before our move). Sakura said he seemed okay since he is acting normally. You can see his color change here in case you're interested.. http://www.bettafish.com/showthread.php?t=110341
What size is your tank? 10 gallon
What temperature is your tank? 82 degrees F
Does your tank have a filter? yes
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? these little critters that stay on the plants... someone else had posted about them and another person said they were fine
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? New Life Spectrum Betta Formula
How often do you feed your betta fish? 2/day
How often do you perform a water change? 1/week
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? ~50%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? stress coat+ & very small amount of carbon source (if any) for the live plants
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
Nitrate: just over 0
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? his fins are completely shredded looking
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? his behavior hasn't changed
When did you start noticing the symptoms? they have always been torn but maybe 3 days ago they got really bad
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? nothing yet
Does your fish have any history of being ill? history of damaged fins & color change - idk what its from since hes acting healthy
How old is your fish (approximately)? I got him around 6 months ago
(yes, I know his tank is a little dirty... I clean it on Saturday nights - ie tonight)