Hi everyone! Iíve had my blue betta, Picasso, for about 1 month. Long story short, my cousin was given a betta for his birthday but he didnít want it, so I agreed to take him. (Iíve posted on here before about a non-fuzzy, scaly white spot on his head and we concluded that it was an injury where his scales had gotten scraped off somehow.) I quickly got him into a 2 gallon tank, complete with a filter and heater, and assessed his health again.
What size is your tank?
What temperature is your tank?
Does your tank have a filter?
Does your take 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?
Omega One Betta Buffet Pellets
How often do you feed your betta fish?
1 pellet 3 times per day
How often do you perform a water change?
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change?
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change?
Prime water conditioner
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
How has your betta fishís appearance changed?
Clamping fins, tiny black spots
How has your betta fishís behavior changed?
When did you start noticing the symptoms?
Have you started treating your fish?
Not for these symptoms (yet)
Does your fish have any history of being ill?
He came to me sick.
How old is your fish (approximately)?
When I got Picasso, I was worried that he might have fin rot because his coloring was dull, his pelvic fins were virtually nonexistent, and the edges of his dorsal, caudal, and anal fins seemed to be growing slightly more transparent by the day. I treated him with 1 round (4 doses) of Tetracycline and noticed substantial growth of his pelvic fins and greatly improved coloring as a whole in the few days following the treatment. The edges of his dorsal, caudal, and anal fins showed no change, but havenít gotten worse. He eats great, seems happy, energetic, and social like usual, and seems to enjoy his new tank and live aquatic plants.
However, now, a few days after the treatment, his dorsal, caudal, and anal fins are clamping up. Iíve been watching them the past few days and itís been slowly increasing. What could be causing this? Is his tank too cold (Iíve tried two different heaters but am open to trying another if 76-78 is too cold)? Does he still have fin rot? Does he have some other disease like velvet (I shone a flashlight on him and his scales do look golden but Iím not really sure what to look for and he has no other symptoms as far as I can tell)? Additionally, tiny black spots (the size of grains of sand but not raised at all as far as I can see) have appeared on his fins and back.
Does my fish have every single disease that there is or am I just a paranoid fish owner? Please help?
In the first picture you can see the clamped dorsal fin, and the second picture shows the black spots on his anal fin.