What size is your tank? 20G
What temperature is your tank? 82*F
Does your tank have a filter? Y
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? N
Is your tank heated? Y
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? RAM Cichlid, Bristlenose Pleco, and Blue Mystery Snail.
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Frozen Blood Worms and Frozen Brine Shrimp
How often do you feed your betta fish? 1-2x Daily with one day of fasting per week.
How often do you perform a water change? Weekly
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 50%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Conditioner and occasionally a plant booster (but not usually until a day or so after everything is settled).
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
Ammonia: 0.50 ppm
Nitrite: 0.25 ppm
Nitrate: 5.0 ppm
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? His fins have torn. He has stress stripes now that he is in his hospital tank.
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? Not at all, until he was moved into the 1G hospital tank. Then he began more fidgety, but now he is calm again.
When did you start noticing the symptoms? Earlier today. I have been monitoring him all day today.
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? He is in an isolated, 1G hospital tank at the moment.
Does your fish have any history of being ill? No.
How old is your fish (approximately)? Not sure. Possibly 3.6 months?
I didn't feed him for three days. I tried. I was trying to get him to eat pellets. I started logging it in my journal, but on the second day I gave him one feeding of blood worms, because I was wording about under-feeding him. He hasn't had these tears or anything until I've started trying to get him to eat pellets....
What gets me is that none of the other fish are being affected. No change in color, fins, attitude, or anything. Everyone is acting as they usually do. I think it should be important to add that I've never seen either fish nip at each other. They often swim right next to each other and just sit there, by one another. I don't think that the cichlid did this, but I won't count it out. Though I do think a tear or something would be more probable (based on their constant interactions).
I know that the water levels are funky. I'm about to do a 50% water change. I wanted to get this uploaded and get some help ASAP. I can usually have a clear head about situations unless it's about one of my pets. All I can do is look at his little face and watch him blow bubbles at me, and want to hug his little bowl (and cry that my baby is suffering).