What size is your tank? 5.5g
What temperature is your tank? 81*F
Does your tank have a filter? yes, not yet 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? none
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Aqueon Betta Pellets
How often do you feed your betta fish? once daily, ~4 pellets, fasting sundays
How often do you perform a water change? every other day
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 25-50%, 100% change yesterday
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Seachem Prime, but switched to Stress Coat+ and Aquarium salt today.
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters? (keep in mind, i just changed the water, but in the past week, my ammonia got as high as 0.50ppm.)
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? some bare rays in the dorsal fin, darkened edges and increased arching between rays on the anal fin, possibly a tear in the anal fin as well.
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? no change
When did you start noticing the symptoms? yesterday, although in the past week, I noticed a few small holes in the same fins.
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? switched to Stress Coat+ water conditioner and Aquarium Salt at 1 tsp/gallon.
Does your fish have any history of being ill? not that I know of (have had for 3 weeks)
How old is your fish (approximately)? 6 months?
Phew, now that that's out of the way, I can explain what's been going on. Sir Reginald Fitchface seems to have developed a case of fin rot! I moved him from a tiny tank to a shiny new 5.5g tank exactly one week ago, and have been carefully monitoring as I set up a fish-in cycle. I've been doing frequent 50% water changes when I see ammonia, and I removed a plastic plant with a few hidden rough edges (that i didn't noticed until he started sleeping inside
3-4 days ago, i noticed 3 pinpoint holes in Fitchy's fins, which I thought may have been from a plant, or from overflaring. Now he's got some rot in those same spots.
I started treating (as outlined above) today, with a series of 1 gallon water changes containing the newly treated water.
My biggest question is, I sprained my elbow a few weeks ago. I'm not able to lift his tank for a full water change without re-injuring myself.
Is it okay to proceed with water changes this way, replacing only the salt that I take out? I use a siphon, and stir up the gravel.
Three pictures attached, the first is pre-fin rot, taken a week ago, and the second two are from today.
Any help and advice would be much appreciated!