I could really use your guys' help. My Betta (Charlie) has been gradually getting a lot worse. I've spent lots of time and quite a bit of money on medications but nothing seems to work and he just ends up getting something different or getting worse. I'd really like to save him but I hate to see him suffer so much as it seems like he is. If anyone could help me it would be really appreciated!
Here are some pictures:
- When the fin FIRST started rotting off
- Before the top fin fully came off and he stopped swimming around
- Full body - What he looks like now
- Closeup of bad eye and the spot under his mouth
What size is your tank? 10 Gallon
What temperature is your tank? 80 degrees
Does your tank have a filter? Topfin Power Filter 10
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? No
Is your tank heated? Yes
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? Currently 2 Neon Tetras, there were 3 ghost shrimp but they are all gone now, however they were in the tank for quite a few months. I also had glo-fish before the tetras, none of which lasted at all (will definitely never buy those again..).
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Aqueon Betta Food, and he's started nibbling at the Tetras food which is the API tropical premium flakes
How often do you feed your betta fish? Once or twice a day
How often do you perform a water change? Every couple days, with his appearance every day or so.
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 25% normally.
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Tetra's Betta Safe and API's aquarium salt (the salt is added quite often, even if I dont change water I'll still add some)
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
Nitrite: Extremely high (I'm not sure how to fix this other than change the water more? Any suggestions here?)
Hardness: Hard (I've been told to add the Aquarium salt to fix this but every time I test it, its always the same)
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? It all started when my betta's top fin started rotting away, I bought API TC Tetracycline to try and help with that but it didnt seem to do much, I followed the dosing instructions exactly and the fin kept rotting and he eventually got a white patch (not cottony at all but the scales turned white as you'll see in pictures) around the entire top fin area on both sides. The top fin got smaller and smaller until it was just a sliver and the white area got bigger. I then got Melafix to try and treat it but it didnt seem to help at all either. I even tried to treat with Rid-ich plus thinking maybe that was it because he liked to sit at the bottom but that didnt help. I've also gone through Maracyn but to no avail. Now my betta has completely lost his top fin, still has the white area where the fin used to be, has developed pop-eye on one eye, and has a white spot on the botton of his head below his mouth and on his back fin.
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? Over the past couple of weeks he's slowly started just laying on the bottom of the tank, not going up for food or anything.
When did you start noticing the symptoms? Started a couple months back with the fin, then gradually went downhill until this past week or so.
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? API TC Tetracycline, Melafix, Rid-ich Plus, Maracyn, and Aquarium salt.
Does your fish have any history of being ill? Over the past couple of months, yes.
How old is your fish (approximately)? 1 year, 8 months