I purchased my second betta on 9/18, after waiting a few months after my first betta had died. You know how it is; they just kinda speak to you at the LPS. This veiltail male was a teal color which I thought would be appealing to my boy/girl twins (you know, to avoid their arguing). I thoroughly checked him out in his plastic cup looking for signs of fin rot, itch, velvet, pine coning, et al., and his response to me. All appeared fine. Within a weeks time he is beginning to darken to a majestic blue and his head is turning black. I am guessing that his true colors are coming out now that he is in a better environment. Last weekend I noticed his caudal fin looked torn - something I had not noticed before. However, this morning when I took some pictures of him to post here, I am now wondering if Thor has fin rot?
If he has fin rot, would it be necessary to QT him? I do have aquarium salt on hand to medicate, and a 2.5 gallon tank for the QT. If I should QT him, I was thinking of just adding a heater, thermometer for monitoring the temp and perhaps one silk plant. Thoughts?
His current set-up: 5 gallon; heated (79/80 degrees); filtered; LED lighting; use Stress Coat conditioner; sand; 6 silk plants and one hammock; Sponge Bob house; and cave/rock thingy.
Over-all health: he's fed 2x's a day, New Life Specturm .5mm pellets, which he readily gobbles up; healthy "cinnamon bun"-looking poop; stays active (I haven't seen him rest!); curious -follows my finger, checks out my finger, checks out the bowl I use for water changes, even came out of the water to check out the camera!
I greatly appreciate anyone sharing their impressions/thoughts regarding his fins :o)
PS - I'm curious: when doing 100% water changes what do I do with the sand?! I mean how do I get all the water out when there is sand on the bottom???
PPS - I will take out the small amount of gravel under the pineapple house when I do the 100% water change to help reduce the *bad* bacteria.