This is the first time my fish Ichigo has been ill. I've had him for over a year. Photo attached. I thought maybe it was Ich, but he doesn't really have the telltale white spots. Is it maybe velvet? Though when I shine a flashlight on him, I don't see a gold sheen. I fully changed his water yesterday, and plan on doing at least a partial water change today.
What size is your tank? 2.5 gal minibow
What temperature is your tank? 78 degrees, heater is on to raise the temperature right now
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? Omega One pellets, 4-5 per day, freeze-dried bloodworms twice a week
How often do you feed your betta fish? 5 days/week, not on weekends (he's my work desk buddy)
How often do you perform a water change? Once/week
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 95% usually (he doesn't like being taken out of the tank, so I leave just enough water for him to hang out when I change the water)
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Prime, 5 drops
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters? No testing kit yet, sorry :(
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? Pale, greyish color change. His body is usually whitish with bright red fins. He just looks washed out these days.
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? Won't eat, just sits on a leaf near the surface, hasn't moved from there in over 12 hours, sometimes seems to "burp" bubbles violently
When did you start noticing the symptoms? Yesterday morning, he hasn't eaten since then, will not even look at food. Yesteday, he just laid down at the bottom of the tank all day before moving up to the leaf.
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? I'm not sure what's wrong, but I'm trying to raise the water temperature a bit with my heater, and I've added 1 tsp dissolved aquarium salt to the tank.
Does your fish have any history of being ill? No, he is usually very healthy, but has had problems with tail biting in the past.
How old is your fish (approximately)? I'm not sure, but I've owned him for a bit over a year. It depends on how long he was in the pet store, I guess.