What size is your tank? 5.5gallon
What temperature is your tank? 76-80 (usually 78)
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? 3-4 pellet of Aqueon Betta Food a day
How often do you feed your betta fish? Twice a day - 2 pellets in morning, 1 pellet in evening
How often do you perform a water change? 1-2 weekly - I got a new tank which I've started to cycle, so I've done lots of water changes in the last week due to ammonia being at .25 ppm.
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 50% (with gravel vacuum, and w/o)
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Seachem prime
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
Ammonia: .25 ppm
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? A rip in the middle of /both/ pectoral fins, a rip down the middle of her caudal fin, and red looking scrapes/cuts on either side of her head near her gills.
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? Same - always swimming around, but lately has been exploring tank more instead of swimming constantly
When did you start noticing the symptoms? I noticed the cut fins near the beginning of this week, and I put in some Stress Guard. The red cuts on both sides of her head near gills I spotted today.
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how?
I have not yet. I'm doing 100% water change now, I will add aquarium salt and stress guard when I put in new water. I added a new castle ornament earlier this week which may have hurt her, which i took out, and I also removed her betta log. I kept all her silk plants in the tank.
Does your fish have any history of being ill? No. She's always been very healthy up until now!
How old is your fish (approximately)? I've had her for about 3 months (bought at Petco)