Just the other day I was saying how my betta Nerzul is growing well, he looked really good, then over a weekend suddenly his tail rotted half off! O_O Please help I don't want the fin to rot until it reaches his body :( Please let me know what medicines to use or should I stick with the salt treatment for now... its not looking very good.
What size is your tank
? 5g fluval chi
What temperature is your tank
? 78 degrees
Does your tank have a filter
? yes, TOM aquarium mini with flow set to low, he rests his head on it sometimes so I dont think the flow disturbs him
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration
Is your tank heated
What tank mates does your betta fish live with
What type of food do you feed your betta fish?
5xNew Life Spectrum , sometimes brineshrimp crushed and bloodworms
How often do you feed your betta fish
? 2x a day
How often do you perform a water change?
every other day or every 2 days - usually Wednesday, Friday, Sunday
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change?
30% - 50% depending on nitrate and ammonia level
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change?
Seachem prime, api stress coat
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
: 0 - 0.25ppm (seems always to be this after 1 day :/)
: 5ppm - 0 now after 2x 50% water changes I think I killed my cycle
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed?
His tail is half gone and his anal fin is shredded looking
How has your betta fish's behavior changed?
He was sluggish for a few days, hanging out not moving either in his corner where he built his nest or hiding in the rotala or resting on the moss ball which caused me to look at him closely. Usually when I approached the tank when he usually swims out front to greet me. He seems to have recover from this though and is now dancing as usual.
When did you start noticing the symptoms?
2/18, so I immediately did a 50% water change then another 50% 2/19
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how?
No I don't have any supplies on hand my aquarium salt got soaked with fertilizer so I had to throw it out >_>
Does your fish have any history of being ill?
He had ich and was cured by 1/25/2013 after 10 days in quarantine with aquarium salt and Quick Cure. He's been doing really well since then and suddenly his tail fell off >_>
How old is your fish (approximately)?
No idea, I got him on 1/11/2013 from petco
My 5g is planted and has a piece of large driftwood in it I don't know if he can be tearing his fins on them... :/ the plants are: bacopa monieri, rotala indica, dwarf grass, java fern and a microsword all very not sharp type plants, and a moss ball.
I am trying to cycle my tank, not sure if the sudden rise in nitrates are what caused this... I go max 3 days without water change, not sure if that constitutes bad water condition.