Sorry but I think that it's time to ask the experts for help please?
My Betta, Murphy has been with me for about 3 weeks now and when I got him (pet store) I noticed that the tips of his fins seemed 'stuck together'. I had hoped that with good quality water, food and some TLC that he would blossom nicely. Unfortunately not. I had noticed 'clear' tips on his fins as they started to open up and read that meant healing/re growth so I thought it was good. But 3 days ago he was fine in the morning and a couple of hours later his tail fin looked tattered and shorter in parts. Freaking out (and home with the flu) I read up and thought some aquarium salt could help. It is now quite evenly shorter and now has the clear tips all over...
He is very active, playful and has a super appetite.
I'm really hoping someone can help shed some light on what is going on?
The ammonia is a problem. Our tap water is 0.50 ppm!? Tap PH is the same as the tank.
I use prime, not sure how to deal with this going forward.
Sorry for the bombardment! I just wanted to be as thorough as possible :)
What size is your tank? 9L
What temperature is your tank? 27/28 degrees Celcius
Does your tank have a filter? Yes, hang on
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? Nil
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Hikari Betta Gold
How often do you feed your betta fish? Twice a day 6 days a week with one fasting day.
How often do you perform a water change? Every second day.
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 25% or 50%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Prime
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
Ammonia: Between 0.25 and 0.50 ppm
Hardness: Not tested
Alkalinity: Not tested
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? Lost 'shards' his tail fins, now evenly shorter.
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? No.
When did you start noticing the symptoms? 3 days ago.
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? Aquarium salt and daily water changes.
Does your fish have any history of being ill? I've had him for 3 weeks, when he came home I noticed that the tips of fins seemed 'stuck' together. They had recently started to 'open up'.
How old is your fish (approximately)? I've had him for 3 weeks... Not sure of his age.
I feel so bad :( I'm trying to do everything right and I've been researching Betta care non stop! (Driving my partner crazy lol) I thought he was looking really healthy and truly beginning to blossom so I'm confused by this tail issue now.
This photo was taken today -