First time poster... long time reader. I've read through a lot of these posts, hoping to find a logical answer as to what might be happening with Zeus, and not re-post something someone might have already asked, however I can't seem to find a post that includes all I've been observing with my fish.
I've had him for 3 months now - he's in a 1.5 gallon tank, with a mini heater, gets a 50% and a 100% (with a gravel and decor hot water scrub down) water change every week, lights on at 7:30 am, and off at 6:30 pm, and eats Betta Bio Gold pellets. Water is always treated with Sera's water conditioner, and is Ph tested and balanced before he's placed in it.
Over the last, lets say month, he's been going through some changes, which I'm not sure is legitimately just growth, or if I have some reason to be concerned. He has not lost his appetite, defecates regularily, and is always zipping around his tank - with the exception of today.
Here's what I've seen:
1) The tips of his fins are turning white. They fade from his dark blue, to light blue, to white. Although not going up towards his body in one area in particular, I'm now noticing that it's happening on a lot of them.
2) His fins grew "spikes" - they're not splitting, but they've developed what looks like barbs close to the ends of his tails. I'm thinking this is just him growing.
2) About three weeks ago, I saw something white coming out from him. It was solid like his normal feces, however it was white, and didn't curl or ball up like his normal waste. I began doing 100% changes twice a week, and added some ES. It seemed to do the trick, so I went back to the treated water without ES.
However, it came back last week, for one day only. I don't give him anything different than the Bio-Gold, so I can't say that it's something I fed him.
3) Today was a 100% water change for him (since the reoccurance), so I did that and added some ES again... A couple of hours later I noticed a lot of white-ish, cloudy things floating around his tank - stringy - I can't quite describe it. I've never seen this in his tank before. So, I'm not sure if something is reacting to the ES??
Usually, after a water change he only takes about an hour to readjust and starts eating, swimming around and bubbling. Today, it's been 5 hours and he's lazily swimming and not reacting to normal stimuli (like chasing my finger across his bowl), and hasn't shown any interest in food.
I have pictures, but I don't have a site to upload them to in order to post here...
Any help would be greatly appreciated!