Today marks the first whole month I have had my betta, Pink Floyd. I don't know how many of you saw his "Temper Tantrum" video
that LadyVictorian posted but Floyd freaks out when I turn off his lights at night like he doesn't want to go to sleep. But now he has decided as of about a week ago that he just hates everything in my room, including me. He swims back and forth all flared up and angry, stops every so often to charge the glass and flare at one side of the room. His fins are really tattered now, resembling the sails of a pirate ship or something. His fins are healing however and I have been advised not to use Melafix, luckily I only used it twice before someone told me not too. But I took out and meticulously trimmed all my silk plants and then tied them so Floyd can't swim between the stems, only around the plants.
I have started covering Floyd's tank and he is much calmer and happier now and enjoys exploring his tank, especially foraging from the bottom which is something I have never seen him do before. I only covered the side of the tank he reacts to the most. If he's happy then I'm happy but as you can see his tank is not very aesthetically pleasing now :/ but since he's calmed down I have noticed his fins are healing which makes me very happy. But I have tried slowly uncovering his tank a few times and he absolutely loses his mind -_- could this be an adolescent thing that he will grow out of or will he just be perpetually angry?
What size is your tank? 10 Gallons
What temperature is your tank? 77 at night and gets up to 79-80 during the day
Does your tank have a filter? Yes and it is properly cycled
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 other animals, just live and silk plants
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Omega flakes, bloodworms once a week
How often do you feed your betta fish? Every 12 hours except on Fridays when I fast him
How often do you perform a water change? Every Friday
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 20%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Conditioner then plant fertilizer and C02 booster
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
Hardness: soft (test is hard to read but it's less than 1dGH or about 100ppm)
Alkalinity: Haven't tested recently, but I put in a minuscule amount of aquarium salt last week to help with the fin tears, was afraid to add much more than a pinch so it's probably doing nothing lol
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? His fins are healing and there are no new tears thankfully
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? Erratic, frantic and angry or possible fearful of something in the room, he seems to flare at everything as a whole so I haven't a clue what he is flaring at.
When did you start noticing the symptoms? Five days ago, covered his tank after one day and he calmed down
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? Have added a tiny bit of salt, stopped using Melafix and Bettafix and covered his tank
Does your fish have any history of being ill? Not ill just temperamental and self destructive lol
How old is your fish (approximately)? I would guess about 3-5 months