Hi, I'm new here, my name is Elysia, but online I go by Jayoen, so call me Elysia, Jayoen, Jay, El, Shasha, whatever floats your boat.
My betta fish Giovanni, who I believe is a plakat, he was labeled as 'king' at petco, is huge, but a rather strange thing happened the other day.
I have only had him for a couple of weeks, and I went to do a partial water change, but when I poured the water in he started swimming around spazzmatically, as if in pain. Then I noticed his dorsal fin was suddenly blackened and clamped, as was half his tail. I quickly netted him out, and thinking it was something wrong with the water, did a complete water change, and put him back in the tank once the temperatures had adjusted. He seemed to calm down after that, but still kept his fins clamped.
Day 2 comes and his poor fin and tail are hanging by a thread, and look very irritated, so I started him tetracyline to help treat the fin rot I could see was forming. Otherwise normal acting and eating.
Day 3 and he's back to acting normal, though still missing parts of his fins obviously. Active and still sassing and begging for food.
today was day 4 and I did a complete water change again as instructed in the directions on the Tetracyline. Used water conditioner and waited for temperatures to be the same before reintroducing him to the tank, he still remains acting normal and like a piggy.
I'm just curious, am I using the right thing? I've heard about using aquarium salt can help too, and how would you go about using that? Could I use both at the same time? or would that hinder instead of help?
He looked completely normal before, it was not a progressive thing. What might have caused it? And his fins do not look very large compared to some other plakat I see, is it perhaps because he's young? I know he's huge right now probably about two inches long, I'm wondering if he'll get bigger if he's a 'king'.
Here are some pictures:
When I first got him:
immediately after the incident:
And here's a video from today: http://youtu.be/XvIt9imsiRs