What size is your tank? 1 Gallon
What temperature is your tank? Usually around 70
Does your tank have a filter? Yes
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? Air Stone
Is your tank heated? Sometimes, but the heater isn't regulated, so I don't always have it on.
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? He's lonely
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? I alternate between Betta flakes & pellets and on the weekend he gets bloodworms as a treat.
How often do you feed your betta fish? Once a day
How often do you perform a water change? I haven't always been the best at changing the water on a regular basis; but since I noticed a change in him, I've started changing his water 100% on a weekly basis and I try to do a 50% at least once during the week.
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? Stated above
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Splendid Betta Complete Water Conditioner
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
No, I don't know anything about how to do that or what exactly I'm testing.
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? He has a "lesion" on his one side. It looks like he's missing scales in this one spot.
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? He's become more lethargic, lying on the bottom, not eating as much.
When did you start noticing the symptoms? About 2 weeks ago.
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? Just today, I put bettafix in, but I'm not sure if it was the best thing to do or not.
Does your fish have any history of being ill? I've only had him about 5 months.
How old is your fish (approximately)? I don't know. I rescued him from a wedding center piece On June 16th of this year.
I'm really worried about my little guy. I love him dearly. I know I haven't been the best fishy mommy, but I'm really trying. I've read a lot of the posts on here and have just become more confused and frustrated. I went to PetSmart today to get aquarium salt and the really nice girl there who said she has a betta and knows a lot about them, recommended Bettafix. I looked at forums on here when I got home to make sure I administered it properly so as not to injure him and it seems everyone is saying not to use it. But if it's sooo bad, why would they make it. I asked a friend who used to breed them, and she said he looked old. I'm soo frustrated and afraid of losing my little guy. I'm desperate for help!!!
I've attached a picture of what he looks like tonight.