What size is your tank? .5 Gallon
What temperature is your tank? No matter what I do, the temp stays at an even 82
Does your tank have a filter? No...
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? Nope.
Is your tank heated? Aye, it is.
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? Greg's a loner.
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Tetra Betta floating mini pellets (and yes I've tried feeding him bloodworms. He won't eat them.
How often do you feed your betta fish? About 4-7 pellets at least once a day
How often do you perform a water change? Every 2-3 weeks-ish
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? Change ALL the water!!
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? I usually use filter watter and the BettaSafe drops
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
Alkalinity: Apparently high alkalinity
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? Ragged, black-tipped fins...that's about it.
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? It hasn't. That's why it took me so long to realize what was happening.
When did you start noticing the symptoms? About...a few days ago?
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? That's what this post is about. I haven't started treating yet.
Does your fish have any history of being ill? Nope, he's always been healthy.
How old is your fish (approximately)? I wanna say...a year and a half?
So before any of you tell me: You need a bigger tank/better heater/filter/etc. etc. let me tell you this. I'm a college student. I have very little free money to spare, so I've had to make do with what I can. I keep good care of him, clean his tank, make sure he's not too cold (he HATES that)...but I can't really upgrade. I live in a small apartment with three other people, and there' s not much room for a 5 gallon tank (However, I've been thinking of upgrading to a 1 gallon pretty soon).
So here's my main problem....what DO I do? I've been doing some research online, and some sites say: Don't use Maracyn (which is what I have) at all! Just do daily water changes with aquarium salts and you'll be fine!
Other sites say Oh, you have to use Maracyn AND Maracyn too PLUS daily water changes
, others say I don't have to do daily water changes...
It's a clusterfrack of information that I don't know how to sort. Plus, I have a .5 gallon tank, and everything is measured by 10 gallons.
Any help would be greatly appreciated because, in all honesty, I have no freaking idea what to do. Thank you so much!!
Oh right. Pictures! Here are some pics I snapped of his fins: