Tohru is my male fish who I think Is a crowntail.
What size is your tank?
I'm not sure. It's about the size of a milk gallon. I plan on getting a bigger one soon.
What temperature is your tank?
I heard that heaters in tanks under 2.5 gal cold kill them, so I don't have one. The house is usually at 75 degrees Fahrenheit.
Does your tank have a filter?
No. I plan on getting one when I get a new tank.
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration?
I've never heard of this actually. I'll look into getting something.
Is your tank heated?
No. I plan to get a heater when he gets a bigger tank.
What tank mates does your betta fish live with?
What type of food do you feed your betta fish?
I give him betta pellets, with the occasional dried blood worm.
How often do you feed your betta fish?
Once, sometimes twice if he looks hungry.
How often do you perform a water change?
I do a 95% water change and scrub down of rocks and tank every month (Never with soap, just hot water), and a 50% after 2 weeks. I just read that this is no where near enough and i will try to increase it to 50% twice a week.
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change?
I add some type of water conditioner i got from petco. I think it removes chlorine.
Have you tested your water?
I have not.
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed?
He has this slime on the tips of his tail. Its greyish and is clear enough I can still see his fins. But I just looked at pictures of him from when I first got him, and it looks like his tail is not as full. There are also a couple of blood red dots on the tips of his tail.
How has your betta fish's behavior changed?
Not at all. He's still blowing bubbles and swimming around looking at everyone who comes in. He's eating the same.
When did you start noticing the symptoms?
Last Night I noticed the slime. I never noticed the tail until I looked at a picture a few minutes ago.
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how?
No, I don't want to accidentally kill him with meds for something else because I can't diagnose him.
Does your fish have any history of being ill?
I haven't noticed any illness before.
How old is your fish (approximately)?
I got him a little less than a year ago.
Is it possible for fin rot to be so slow that It's not noticeable until you look at a picture from before? Or am I just blind?
My mother says the slime might be because of his plant, but would that cause slow fin decay? A few weeks ago he was rearranging his rocks, and I didn't know why. I checked him for the signs of parasites and I couldn't find anything. He stopped as soon as he had them all on one side of the tank and he had uncovered his plant (causing it to float).
I put him in a temporary tank with clean water as soon as I noticed the slime like stuff, and he seemed to be a little sad last night to be away from his plant. But this morning he was back to his old self.
I'm now aware that my poor water changes could have caused fin rot, but I was not aware it could be such a slow process.
I would just like to be clear if it is fin rot and I'm also wondering how I should treat the slime, or if it will go away on its own? Any help would be appreciated. I really love him and I would hate him to suffer any more due to my stupidity.