Oh god and his gills aren't fully going back in when he flares there are little black parts sticking out.
He flares at me initially when I walk in the room and look in the tank often, sometimes twice, when I walk up to his new tank. He has been doing this often tonight. He flared at me agian when I walked in with the lights on. He has done this before, but not always. This is how it was before. It didn't have lights, then it was like this
Yesterday I upgraded his lighting and its currently like this
I noticed some weird behavior yesterday that might have been related where he got looking into the java moss (which looks dead-y) and either was moving around face first furiously, or had gotten stuck on the twin for like 3-5 seconds. Could that have gotten something/spread something/irritated something?
Remember he also ate some kanaplex today
Could plant material have caused this? I washed them like crazy but particulate matter has been floating around
Could the intensity/light difference stress him?
Could the daily tank changes have stressed him? Moving his betta log around to places that are more fun for him?
I think temporarily turning the filter on may have stressed him, but ive had no choice because I need to circulate his medication/prime/etc, or clean the tank.
He just pooped, it was 6-7 the size of the pellets he eats, little lighter than pellet colored with some dark in it, it seemed like it came out a little forced but I don't think I've seen him poop before (hadn't been under my care that long)
Here is the questionnaire filled out
What size is your tank? 10 gallon
What temperature is your tank? 81ish, different in different parts at times, gets down to 78 at latest when lights off at night
Does your tank have a filter? Yes, but I only run it for shorts periods during day because even with baffle/prefilter it still disrupts betta a lot.
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? pellets and worms
How often do you feed your betta fish? 1 pellet a day, maybe 2 tops occasionally, sometimes parts of a worm a day (usually once a day for both)
How often do you perform a water change? going for the weekly, for this new tank I have filled, waited week and done 100%, and its been 5-6 days sine then. Very new tank
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? Next time will be 50% (unless fish people say otherwise)
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Prime, a little bettafix, epsom salt and kanaplex
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters? No
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? Had popeye that was basically always clear, popeye shrunk a bit
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? He has been calmer, he still
When did you start noticing the symptoms? I have noticed popeye
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how?
Does your fish have any history of being ill? Yes, he had popeye, and there was a tiny bit of the white but it was so little it looked like potential coloration (just seemed like edges of chin were a little lighter) and I did not noticed it had worsened till about an hour ago when i instantly began documenting with text/images/older thread links and began to panic
How old is your fish (approximately)? No idea, prolly 6 month-a year