Hello all! I'm new here!
I have a blue betta fish called Vincent. I'm currently at a loss for what's going on with his tail.
I know betta's have extremely fragile tails, and I learned this the first time with a "betta hammock" I got at PetSmart (that leaf thing?). It shredded his tail to bits.
After research, and some care, he was back to normal in no time (and the leaf was promptly returned).
Here we are a few weeks later and he's at it again with the tail!
Habitat: 2.5 gallon tank (we upgraded!)
Temperature: 79-80 degrees F (we got a small heater! yay!)
No filter, no air stone, no neighbors.
Live plants, gravel at the bottom, a few river stones (smooth as butter. I've checked each one), a ceramic castle... also smooth as butter.
Aqueon Betta Food - up to 6 pellets a day, never more. Sometimes I give him some dried treats (dried blood worms, daphina, mysis), which replaces at least 2 of the pellets.
Water change was 100% once a week, with the 1 gallon tank. Now I'm learning about "cycling" a tank as we've moved into the 2.5 gallon tank, so I'm keeping my eye on the levels, and doing at least a 25% change every few days or day as needed.
I add aquarium salt and a water conditioner.
Vincent seems very happy. Very active, making bubble nests. His tail was healing as far as I could tell, and this morning his top fin was torn.
I don't know if it's stress, or fin rot, or just Vincent running into things.
I've added some pictures for detail.
I've considered buying some BettaFix (?) but I don't want to get anti-bacterial/fungal things if that's not what it is (the whole building up an immunity to something before it is even a problem thing)
Any help or advice would be so much appreciated!
Upon further reading of the site (and man oh man is there a LOT to read) It may be tail biting?? But I'm not sure. I've never seen him do it. I don't even know how that might look different. I'm hoping one of you amazing folks has encountered this before!
I've also added a picture of Vince when he was new, and fully healthy, for comparison.