I got Nemesis (named after the Greek spirit of divine retribution and wrath) yesterday. He looks like he is suffering from fin rot. I am going in to the pet store today to get some aquarium salts. I think it was either from the breeder or the stress of being moved as he was brand new to the pet store and they keep all their betta fish in large, clean tanks with filters.
I am battling with ammonia levels as the water from my tap has an ammonia reading of around 0.75
I got it down to safe levels but its no where near ideal especially for a sick fishy. I am going to buy bottled water today. Nemesis deserves clean water. It also makes me think I shouldn't be drinking my tap water either. Tested Nemesis' tanks water three times in the last 12 hours and the ammonia level is dropping if anything so I figure I cycled my tank correctly. (PS Nemesis is my first fish I have ever owned)
He is showing signs of stress and keeps swimming in the same pattern around the tank although today he has been less jumpy and more inquisitive of me, plus he stopped his pattern to hide under some of the live plants. He eats very well swimming around the top of the bowl begging for more and scavenging the gravel for left over morsels.
His colours don't show up to well on the photos but he is the most beautiful fish I have ever seen. Light lilac on the body with fins like oil slicks - blue fading into turquoise into bright oil slick green and then a deep red. Wow takes my breath away.
If anyone has any advice it would be appreciated
What size is your tank? 2.65g or 10l
What temperature is your tank? 25'C or 76'F
Does your tank have a filter? Yes the smallest Elite (see tank pic) I baffled it with a filter sponge but he didn't like it so I took it off and he calmed down. It looks like he likes the current. He is a very strong swimmer and likes to swim right up to the outflow like he is training? Its on the lowest setting
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? no
Is your tank heated? No its summer in SA if I heated the water I would cook Nemesis but it will be in winter
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? None
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Tetra betta flakes
How often do you feed your betta fish? Once a day
How often do you perform a water change? So far I have changed his water once but I got him yesterday and need to get bottled water
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? I did a 50% change but will do 100% percent changes for the next few days when I get a safe water source
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Aqua Plus water conditioner & nutrafin cycle
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
Ammonia: 0.2 (I know I have been working feverishly till the shops open to get it down further stupid tap water glad I bought the test kit now - I could have killed Nemesis )
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? It hasn't changed
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? He has looked less stressed
When did you start noticing the symptoms? When I got him home from the store he swam way to fast in the pet store for me to get a good look
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? I will with aquarium salt as recommended in the sticky
Does your fish have any history of being ill? unknown
How old is your fish (approximately)? only a couple of months at the most he just got delivered to the store from the breeder