Hey everyone my name is Lisa. This is my first post! I recently had an outbreak of ick and due to the loss of my male betta I purchased a new Male Half Moon Betta. This betta is a beautiful steel blue and when I bought him he wouldn't flare and just sat at the bottom of the cup. I decided to take him home as he still looked young and probably just needed some love. I've had him 3 days now. So far I have learned that he is probably a she with abnormally long fins for a female (has egg spot) but i haven't seen stripes yet so its still confusing. I have also noticed a strange scratch on its body. Kinda like a cat scratch. It also won't eat (had a few pieces today like 3) still sits around but is more active then it was. Anyone know what this could be? He's also really really skittish. My other betta sits in my hand but was never this scared at first. Should I do something for him or should I just wait? And what can cause a scratch like that? Hope someone has time to help me out here! The store doesnt seem to have very healthy fish...
What size is your tank? 5gal
What temperature is your tank? 76-78 f
Does your tank have a filter? Yes
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 food( same as pet store fed him)
How often do you feed your betta fish? 1-2 daily (been only feeding him once though and he only ate today first time 3-4 pellets)
How often do you perform a water change? His water has been changed once to remove the old water.
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 25-50 depends on the reason usually 25%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Conditioner, salt, biological stuff at first.
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
Ammonia: 0-.25 (third day in this tank)
Nitrite: 0 ppm
Nitrate: 0-5 ppm
Hardness: 25-75 ppm (soft)
Alkalinity: 40-80 ppm (moderate)
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? Scratch has been there since i bought him. First it looked smaller though...
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? Hes not super active (just looked at him an hes sitting on top of his filter resting about 1-2 cm to the surface.
When did you start noticing the symptoms? Shortly after i bought him home.
Have you started treating your fish? No If so, how? Nothing
Does your fish have any history of being ill? Dont know
How old is your fish (approximately)? They said 6-8 months they had no idea!
Thanks for all your help!