Help please, I recently rescued a male veiltale betta from my girlfriend's sister, it was recently bought a week ago and it was kept in the tiny cup that it came in. I noticed that the water was cloudy and that the betta was barely moving.
Appalled at the neglect, I decided to take it home and care for it myself, I am pretty new to raising bettas but I have been doing a bit of research. I went out and moved it from the tiny cup it came in and currently have it in a 1/2 gallon tank, doing a 50% change every other day, feeding it 2 pellets in the morning and flakes at night. I looks much more livelier now but I am concerned about its condition.
Even though it is more livelier I noticed that its fins are discoloring as well as looking shriveled, I googled the symptoms and seems that my betta might possibly have fin rot? I notice that it also has a light coating of dust or something of that nature over its body. But I am not really sure so I am unsure how to treat this. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
Also I am aware that a 1/2 tank is too TOOO small for a betta, I am planning on getting a 2.5 gallon tank with a filter, heater, as well as java moss and a small castle/cave for my betta to hide in over the weekend.
What size is your tank?
1/2 gallon tank
What temperature is your tank?
Does your tank have a filter?
Does your tank 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?
pellets & flakes
How often do you feed your betta fish?
twice a day
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?
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change?
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed?
Discoloration in fin
How has your betta fish's behavior changed?
More livelier but not sure if its a good thing
When did you start noticing the symptoms?
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how?
Not yet, looking to get aquarium salt perhaps
Does your fish have any history of being ill?
How old is your fish (approximately)?
The betta was bought at petco 2 weeks ago
Here are some pictures: