I have looked up some of the betta diseases and I still can't figure out what Melanie is going through. Velvet seems like the closest one. She has loss of coloring in the middle in a streak down her body. Her fins have also seemed to be affected and look like they have small slight rust coloring. I don't think it could be a parasite though!! She doesn't live with anyone else!! She has been fine for over a year. She will lay the bottom half of her body flat on the gravel, and keep her front propped up. She will stay near the bottom and hardly come up for food. Her mouth is propped open a lot too. This has been going on for FOUR MONTHS. I'm surprised it hasn't killed her yet.
It has gotten worse, not better ;/
What size is your tank?
--- 5 gallon
What temperature is your tank?
--- Not sure, but I do use a 5 gallon heater
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?
--Top Fin pellets
How often do you feed your betta fish?
--- Twice a day
How often do you perform a water change?
--Once a week
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?
--- Somtimes conditioner depending on water type
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
Alkalinity: Don't know
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed?
----She has a discoloring of white along her body and fins. Her fins seem to show a slight color of a metalish coloring. ;/
How has your betta fish's behavior changed?
---- She is lethargic. She rests her bottom half of her body flat on the gravel, and keeps her front side up. She only moves to eat, and once she eats she darts back down quickly, stays at the bottom.
When did you start noticing the symptoms?
---- 4 months ago..... I'm wondering what on earth it is, as it hasn't killed her yet.
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how?
--- NO. I went to petsmart, and the guy couldn't tell me anything except giving me an aquarium test kit.
Does your fish have any history of being ill?
--- No....but she has been like this for a long while.
How old is your fish (approximately)?
---- 1 1/2 years old.