My male betta fish, Orpheus, is once more experiencing very bad fin rot problems... and something else now. I'm at a loss for words right now and so frustrated over this... I've been doing everything I know for treating fin rot for three weeks now, I've been doing very vigorous water changes for him, checking decor to see if he ripped himself on something (which isn't the case), and making sure his water temperature stays stable, but nothing has worked. I've tried Maracyn-2 for four days now with only WORSENING conditions, Furan-2 didn't help and neither did AQ Salt. Now his fins are even MORE tattered and there are strings of brown coming off of his caudal fin... I just did a 100% water change right now and even saw clear stringy white things in his tank. What is going on with my precious boy?! He's my favourite betta and he looks so horrible now. Please help me!
What size is your tank? 4 gallon
What temperature is your tank? 79
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? no
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Frozen carnivore fish food (blend of brine shrimp, daphnia, blood worms, etc.)
How often do you feed your betta fish? Once daily, with one fasting day a week
How often do you perform a water change? Once every second day and once every 5 days
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 50% every second day with gravel vacuum, 100% every five days
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Seachem Prime
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? Very ragged fins on his tail and caudal fin, anal fin has obvious fin rot signs (curling of fins, blackened ends) and now there are brown stringy things coming off his caudal
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? Hasn't. Still very active, playful and voraciously hungry 24/7
When did you start noticing the symptoms? Three weeks ago with the raggedness and fin rot, just today with the stringy things
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? Tried Fuaran-2 for a full treatment, didn't help. Tried AQ Salt as well, nothing. Now on day 4 of Maracyn-2 with worsening condition
Does your fish have any history of being ill? Fin rot. Always fin rot.
How old is your fish (approximately)? I got him roughly a month ago, so I'd say 5 months