Hi all! I'm a new betta owner as of last night. My cousin was given a betta (by his friend) for his birthday that he had no desire for. My aunt asked if I would take the betta. I agreed because if I hadn't it probably would have remained in that little plastic cup for his whole life. I was never a huge fish fan, but now I've become attached to the little guy! His name is Picasso. However, he seems to have a white spot on his head. I don't know if it's part of his coloring, but after reading about different diseases it's made me a little worried, and I wanted to see if anyone can reassure me, or give me advice on what to do.
Also, I do realize that he's not being kept in ideal conditions right now. I'm actually headed to Petco to go buy a heater, water conditioner, and some other basic items right after I post this thread. :) I've done a lot of research and am going to get a proper tank set up this coming weekend, but for now I don't have time to set up his actual tank yet. The tank that I'm using now is an old one that my brother's betta lived in, but I know it's not nearly big enough.
What size is your tank? I'm not sure...maybe .5 gallons at the most, probably smaller. :(
What temperature is your tank? Too cold! I think it's 66...
Does your tank have a filter? No
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? No
Is your tank heated? No, not yet
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? None
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Zoo Med Pellets (but I'm open to suggestions about feeding...this is just the food I was given when I was given the fish)
How often do you feed your betta fish? I've fed him two pellets today. My aunt fed him 4 or 5 pellets yesterday.
How often do you perform a water change? I gave him new water yesterday - filtered tap water. I didn't have conditioner and I wanted to get him out of his cup water because it was full of poop and cloudy.
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? I changed all of the water.
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? I didn't have anything to add.
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
No, I haven't tested it.
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? He has this white spot, and I don't know if he's always had it, because I just met him yesterday!
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? He's somewhat lethargic, I think because he's quite cold, but he still moves around when I move around his tank and swims toward my finger.
When did you start noticing the symptoms? He's had them ever since I got him.
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? No.
Does your fish have any history of being ill? I don't know.
How old is your fish (approximately)? I have no idea...he was probably purchased from a pet store less than 5 days ago.
Thank you all for your help! I will post a picture as soon as I can get one of the spot...