There are spots on mah fish.
What size is your tank?
What temperature is your tank?
In-tank glass thermometer reads 74 degrees Fahrenheit. Heater is unfortunately a pre-set thermostate one - I cannot alter the temp. It is submerged heater, at the back of the tank in the middle of the glass wall.
Does your tank have a filter?
Yes, a ATI Hydro sponge filter for up-to a ten gallon tank. Unfortunately, I got it when Shark was still in his three gallon, and the lift tube was too tall so we cut it down to fit by about half. Planning on going and buying a longer lift tube so it isn't so short anymore. (Speaking of which, does anyone have any advice on the sponge filters? I tried researching them and didn't come up with much more than opinions. What, exactly, does the lift tube do?
Something about more water-pull, as the bubbles go through it?)
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration?
Bubbles come out of the sponge filter's lift tube.
Is your tank heated?
What tank mates does your betta fish live with?
Albino Bristle-Nosed sucker fish and a snail of unknown species. He came with a plant, only snail that came. He's about pea-sized now.
What type of food do you feed your betta fish?
I have three types of food for him; Aqueon Betta Food, Aqua Culture Betta Pellet Food, Biogold pellets, and Tetra freeze dried Bloodworms given as an occasional treat.
How often do you feed your betta fish?
Usually twice daily; morning when I wake up, and about eight at night. Sometimes there's a snack in the middle of the day. I primarily feed the Aqua Culture(2-3 pellets), as it has the highest crude protein. Aqueon is generally the snack, since the pellets are so itty bitty bitty.
There is also the API Alge Eater tablets for Pleco, the suckerfish. (Yes. I named him Pleco. Sue me XD The name stuck, and he's so cute.)
How often do you perform a water change?
Once or twice weekly.
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change?
Recently did a 25% one. Going back to 50% changes.
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change?
API stress coat and Prime.
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
I use the API ammonia test kit. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0002566TC
<--That one. After I bought it, I read it's not so accurate apparently, especially since it shows a false positive because Prime (and/or stress coat?) converts Amonia to Ammonium, or something like that?
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed?
Linda says his fins look a little more raggedy, I haven't noticed any difference. They are recovering from Tail biting/sea-shell incident.
How has your betta fish's behavior changed?
Not that I can assess. He still swims up to the glass when he sees someone, lazes about in his several plants, and swims around. Very active betta, I would say.
When did you start noticing the symptoms?
Today(June 23rd) - a few tiny white dots on his body. Only about three or four of them, but I want to nip whatever it is in the bud before it gets worse.
Have you started treating your fish?
If so, how? I have not yet. /researching/ I plan upon doing the salt treatment, my only question was if it would harm the snail or Pleco?
Does your fish have any history of being ill?
Tail-biter when he was moved into my room where I'm staying for the summer. Moved him into the living room and the issue stopped, fins re-growing well. Curled over part of fin got ripped off when he swam under a sea-shell hide, about a week or two ago. Seashell hide is no more.
How old is your fish (approximately)?
I bought him sometime in May 2013.
Pleco is a new tank-mate, added into the tank along with numerous plastic plants(soft ones - won't rip Shark's fins ;D I was so happy to have scored on them. AFFORDABLE PLANTS YAAAYYYYY *Flails* ;w; One of them is a silk grassy one, which Shark seems to love hiding behind/in >w<). No, I admit that I did not quarantine him. ;-;'
Shark also has one live plant in his cage, a small leafy one the name of which I forgot immediately after buying it T-T' merp.
I have Aquarium salt on hand - I do not have any other medications, though next pay-check from Hay-making I'll be working on getting a first-aid kit for Shark, as well as Sand substrate (I think it will be easier for cleaning, as well as look nicer).
Note on his fins - there are two little spots where the edge seems a bit darker, though the rest of his fins show a great amount of regrowth. Could this be fin rot starting in those spots?
-Should I look at getting a different/another filter for his tank? I like the sponge one since it doesn't make a strong current.
-Any advice on feeding Pleco?
-How often do you recommend changing his water?
Thank you all so very much for your time and patience. I know that was a huge chunk of text, so kudos to any who read. I would rather provide more information than too-little; I hope it was adequate enough.
Again, thank-you ;-; this is by far my go-to sight for anything Betta-fish related. You guys are all so polite and helpful, and don't tear apart newbie fish-keepers and scare us from getting into them. Thank-you!