While I was changing Bo's tank, I noticed that Bo has developed three white spots on his tail (he only has a few brown freckles on his tail, normally.) And on one side, I've noticed one "smooth" patch that's discolored and paler than usual... It looks worse than it did this morning, when these were the best pictures I could get. Now the patch looks like a white and elevated lesion off of Bo's side... I'm really worried about him, and I don't know what I'd do if anything happened to him
His behavior hasn't changed much throughout the day, and I've been through the sickness/ treatment stickies and nothing seems to fit. What could it be, and what should I do in the meantime?
What size is your tank? 2.5 gal
What temperature is your tank? 80 degrees
Does your tank have a filter? No
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? No
Is your tank heated? Yes
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? None
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Aqueon Betta Pellets and Brine Shrimp every Saturday
How often do you feed your betta fish? 5 pellets dispersed throghout the day (3 in the morning, 2 at night) with some brine shrimp on Saturday
How often do you perform a water change? 1 50% change on Wednesday, and a 100% on Saturdays
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 50%-100%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Tetra Water Dechlorinator or API Stress Coat
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
As of 30 minutes after the water change...
Ammonia: .25 ppm
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? Three white spots on tail and one discolored patch on the opposite side.
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? It hasn't.
When did you start noticing the symptoms? This morning (Feb. 23rd)
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? I did a 100% water change, boiled the gravel, and added API Stress Coat w/Aloe Vera to see if that would help. I have Aquarium Salt, but I don't know if I should wait to use it... I also have API's Bettafix, but once again, I'm hesitant to use anything if I don't have to put Bo through the stress.
Does your fish have any history of being ill? No.
How old is your fish (approximately)? I've had Bo since Jan. 16th
Like I said, I have AQ Salt, but should I do it even when I don't know what I'm up against?
I know the ammonia is high (the previous reading was at .5 ppm!), but I did two 100% water changes and the ammonia reading has consistently been .25 ppm (the test I'm using is the API Freshwater Master Test Kit.)
Please let me know your opinions of what I can do- thank you so much!
Bo and Caii