What size is your tank? 3 gallons
What temperature is your tank? 80 Fahrenheit
Does your tank have a filter? Yes, one that came with the tank
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? I am not sure what that is so I am guessing no.
Is your tank heated? Yes
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? 1 ghost shrimp
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Aqueon betta color enhancing pellets and freeze dried blood worms
How often do you feed your betta fish? 2/3 pellets per day and 1 blood worm per day
How often do you perform a water change? I have done 2 50% changes the past 4 days
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 50% lately
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Aqueon water conditioner, less than a table spoon of salt disolved in the conditioned water, and melafix before I found out it wasn't recommended
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
Ammonia: .25 ppm
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? He has red in front of his gils and a litte behind, very tips of fins look like they are withering away. One of his swimming fins look like some is missing.
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? He doesn't dance for me anymore, he used to wiggle so much when he'd see me...Now he barely looks at me. I hope he isn't mad because that one water change when he scratched his head. I was a little rough because I panicked when I saw the nitrite level and left him in the tank when I did a 50% change and he hit his head on a rock.
When did you start noticing the symptoms? He was acting different since after the water change where I was rough, he had a scratch on his head and the day after his fin tips looked slightly black and withered at the end.
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? Aquarium salt yesterday and the day before and a little bit of melafix before I found out it was bad =(
Does your fish have any history of being ill? I'm not sure, he's my first real betta and I just got him. I'm so sad and scared, I didn't even know how cycling until I had him in his tank.
How old is your fish (approximately)? I am not sure, his fins are kinda long, maybe 5 months to a year?
I don't know what else I should do, he's my first real betta and I wanted to take great care of him and make him happy. But I found out I made so many mistakes, putting him in an uncycled tank, and being rough with water changes. He was SO happy before he hit his head and was dancing all the time, brilliant colors and made his first bubble nest. I just want him happy again =(