I got this fishy about 3 months ago. He's very energetic!! Almost a bit too much, because he's constantly flaring at his reflection. I even keep the lights in his aquarium turned off, but he still continues to flare!
The deterioration of his fins started with two small pinholes. I read some things online that said it could be from his flaring, so I didn't bother too much with it. A little less than a month ago I noticed his fins looked really tattered! So I picked up some aquarium salt.
I know I should probably put him in quarantine.. I really want to avoid it though, because the smaller tank I have is .5 gallons and would be really hard to heat.
This morning when I came home from a sleepover I noticed his fins looked REALLY BAD. They now have a split, and they've become so short!!! I'll try to get a picture for you guys :'(
Is this because he's flaring so much?? Or is it fin rot??? I'm really not sure what to do....
What size is your tank? 5 gallons
What temperature is your tank? 25 degrees Celsius
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 micro pellets
How often do you feed your betta fish? Once in the morning and once before bed, i feed him about 6 pellets each time.. i take a break on sundays though
How often do you perform a water change? Once a week...
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? about 50% I would say
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Nothing as of now
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
(i havent picked up a water testing kit, I've seen some in the pet store but my parents always make me feel guilty about buying them; they think i'm "trying too hard" because he's "only a fish" .. so i havent bought one yet..)
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? His color seems almost a little duller, and there id a huge split down the middle of his tail; it used to be quite circular!
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? Not really, he's far less shy than he was when I first got him
When did you start noticing the symptoms? A few weeks after I got him I noticed the pinholes, but it was fairly recently when I noticed his fins were actually tearing & kind of deteriorating
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? I've been adding aquarium salt to his tank for a few weeks
Does your fish have any history of being ill? No, I only got him a few months ago..
How old is your fish (approximately)? Not sure, I got him almost exactly 3 months ago though!