Hi guys.. again. I feel like all I ever do on this forum is post in this section.
My betta seems like he's just getting worse. This post is fairly long so please stick with me...
The last time I posted it was about his tail. People suggested he was biting his tail and I never saw him bite his tail until a few days ago. Now its so bad that there are pieces of his tail all over his tank. I've cleaned it twice in 4 days and there are more pieces now. I had him for months and it had never been this bad until a few weeks ago. Now his tail is absolutely horrible and I've tried everything I can think of. Initially he was in a 10 gallon with a lot of open space so I moved him back to his 5 gallon I originally had him in. There's a lot less open space and I sit with him and try and play for a long time during the day but nothing seems to stop his tail biting. And sadly that just seems to be part of the problem...
If anyone knows my posts, you would have seen my fish changing color. He has gone half-white with his back half still being blue. I never figured out what this was from but today his mood has severely changed. He swims frantically around the tank and then goes to the bottom and lays there. He'll swim like crazy up to the top to get air and then swim like crazy down to the bottom to lay. I don't get it... he's not sinking and he's not having a hard time swimming... he's just going crazy when he swims around.
He also hasn't been eating like he usually does and swims away from his food, lets it fall past him, or spits it out.
Lastly, I noticed some black spots on his head two days ago. They seemed fine until I looked at them just now. They are, in my opinion, definitely holes. When I look at them from above they look more like dots but from the side they look like holes.
Currently I'm just so upset. I feel like he's always sick or something is always happening to him and I have tried so hard to do right by him. I researched so much before I bought him and I feel like it's just one thing after another. I don't know what to do and this is turning me off from keeping bettas to be honest.
It's just because I do care for him and I want him to be happy and healthy and I just don't feel like hes ever been healthy and it sucks so much... I feel like its all my fault... I have no idea what is wrong with him and I'm really starting to think that he isn't a marble betta. He just seems so unhappy and I don't know what to do for him to make him better.
What size is your tank? 5 gallon
What temperature is your tank? 82.2 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? there is a heater but it is currently off because my house is so hot...
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? two small snails that hitched a ride on some plants
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? new life spectrum
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? 50-75%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? stress coat+
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters? haven't tested because I just did a water change two days ago
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? turning white, chewed off fins, spots on head
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? sometimes laying on the bottom of the tank, swimming around frantically, tail biting
When did you start noticing the symptoms? tail biting - a few weeks ago, everything else - a few days ago
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? moved to a smaller tank to try and stop tail biting... didn't work
Does your fish have any history of being ill? long history of changing white... started maybe 1.5-2 months ago
How old is your fish (approximately)? ~7 months old