My betta, Rakki, appears to have come down with his third fungal infection on his ventral fins. I can't for the life of me figure out why it keeps coming back. We do two 100% water changes every week. The only thing I can come up with is that when he sleeps at night, more often than not he lies on the bottom of his bowl instead of on his silk plants. Could that be the issue? Also, is there anything I can do to keep the infection from coming back again? Should I add an extra water change during the week? I'm very frustrated right now, so any advice is appreciated.
We'll be starting treatment with daily 100% water changes and aquarium salt starting tonight since that's cleared up the last two infections.
What size is your tank? 1 gallon
What temperature is your tank? Stays between 74 and 76 degrees Fahrenheit
Does your tank have a filter? No.
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? No.
Is your tank heated? No.
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? None.
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Omega One Betta Buffet pellets with Omega One Freeze-Dried Bloodworms as a treat once a week.
How often do you feed your betta fish? Two pellets twice a day.
How often do you perform a water change? Twice a week.
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 100%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Tetra BettaSafe water conditioner.
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters? N/A
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? A bit of fuzzy white substance has appeared on Rakki's ventral fin again.
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? No change. He is still acting perfectly normal.
When did you start noticing the symptoms? I thought I saw something last night but wasn't sure, but today I am sure.
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? Not yet. Will start treating tonight with daily 100% water changes and aquarium salt.
Does your fish have any history of being ill? He's had two bouts of fungal infection before this. Other than an instance of tail-biting which is healing up beautifully, he's been healthy.
How old is your fish (approximately)? We've had him since April of this year. He was a rescue that someone left behind in a rental house when they moved out. He was already an adult when we got him.
There is a plan to get him a five-gallon aquarium soon as I might be getting one for my birthday later this month. If not, I'm hoping to be able to buy it myself soon.