Hi, we (my son & I) could use some help! We brought "TeknoBlu" home from Petco 2.5 wks ago....We were only supposed to look, cuz I wanted to do some research b/4 we brought him home! I caved I'd purchased a rectangular 1 gal tank several months ago, knowing he wanted to get a fish & understanding from the private pet shop that it was more than sufficient room for a goldfish or betta. Hind-sight is a great teacher! Since then I've been trying to learn as much as I can & keep an eye on him for signs of disease, infection, changes, growth, etc., & also while I've been trying to learn how to use this site! So thankful for it!
TeknoBlu is an iridescent blue veiltail; his body is about 1.25 inches long & is very dark, almost black unless u shine a light on him. His fins are turquoise with red. His dorsal fin is curled at the end (doesn't open up, came home that way). His pelvic/ventral fins were/are tattered/torn looking half way down; with the edges curling & darker in color, red/brown from the rest that hangs, which were white but seem to be changing to blue in some areas.
He looked ok to us (not knowing any better) & got much more active a day or so after moving into his new home...1 gal w/hammock leaf, multi colored glass & polished stones. Originally had a small bushy silk plant in there, but he seemed uninterested in it & reduced his swimming space. Added a thermometer a week later....He built a bubble nest a couple days into his new home and has each time we've changed his water. He hates the process but seems to like the clean water once in there. Are frequent bubble nests a good thing?
His caudal/tail fin looked edgy but we didn't think discolored. It's the turquoise blue but with red. We kept watching him not really sure if he was healthy or not. I was reading about different diseases & thinking maybe we should treat him for "general" issues but wasn't sure. I couldn't figure out how to post on the site at first & then 4 days ago (5 now) we noticed a split in his tail fin, half way up to his body; was fairly certain it wasn't there b4. Still couldn't figure out how to post but decided to start treating him with AQ salt. He perked up right away & his color looked brighter overall; even half way up his body, you could see his iridescence ...I read about that "unnamed disease" & thought he might have that, but he's still with us! He built another bubble nest so I thought it was a good decision.
More reading & 3 days ago, noticed when shining a light on him, little silver looking spots on his gills & here & there on his body; as well as, whitish looking spots on the top (near his head) of his eyes. 2 days ago (friday pm) noticed a slight bulge on each side of his body near his tail. Then yesterday afternoon, finishing water change that my son started I'm sure TeknoBlu got really stressed out...(put him in way to small a container for way too long while waiting for me to help him my fault, should've been there from the beginning)...I noticed the fin rot. His tail fin, near the split that we thought was getting better, definite black edges & pin holes. We lowered his water level & this time didn't put any gravel down, only so we could see if he poops or not...not sure how to tell? He was active last night & first thing this am but is just hanging out more on the bottom of his tank. He usually hangs out on the hammock or near the temp gauge.
I got on the computer & kept ready until I figured out how to post a question. Got it all typed up only to find I was no longer signed on . My son got it started again today & I'm providing the details. We took pictures & will try to post after we get this up. More detail below.
Thank you! Any input will be appreciated.
What size is your tank? 1 gal.
What temperature is your tank? 72-74*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? no but will get one
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? none
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Tetra O BettaMin
Tropical medlely--combo of red flakes & freeze dried brine shrimp (Petco)
How often do you feed your betta fish? 1-2 times a day
My son has been giving him the shrimp in the morning & I usually give him a few flakes in the pm
How often do you perform a water change? every 3 days
at first & now every day for last 4 days
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 50%
day 3; 100% day 6 & 100% everyday the last 4 days
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Betta bowl plus
by Aqueon (Petco) says: "Water conditioner / dechlorinator PLUS trace elements specifically formulated for bettas" 1 tsp per gal since day 1; & 4 days 1 tsp of AQ salt; 2 days 1.5 tsp of AQ salt
Have you tested your water? no
If so, what are the following parameters?
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? Today his tail is really tattered & chunks missing; spike-y looking
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? Seems kinda down, lower energy
When did you start noticing the symptoms? sense we brought him home: ventral fin torn up, dorsal fin curved/clamped?, tail fin ragged looking. 5 days ago: split in tail fin; 3 days ago silver spots on gills, whitish spots eyes; 2 days ago: bulge on each side near tail; 1 day ago: black on ends of tail fin & pin holes edged in black; today: more of tail fin gone & spike-y looking;
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? yes with salt; 4 days ago w/1 tsp Aq salt per gal, 2 days ago 1.5 tsp per gal
Does your fish have any history of being ill? not that we know of; may have come home sick, but definitely worse since yesterday. Afraid we stressed him out but not sure if he needs meds or not??
How old is your fish (approximately)? idk we just got him 2 weeks ago from petco.