What size is your tank?
What temperature is your tank?
Does your tank have a filter?
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration?
Is your tank heated?
What tank mates does your betta fish live with?
What type of food do you feed your betta fish?
Aqueon Betta Pellets
How often do you feed your betta fish?
2-3 pellets twice a day
Some days when I know I'll be very busy 4 pellets in the morning
How often do you perform a water change?
Once every other week
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change?
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change?
Originally API Stress Coat, but recently I started trying Prime
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
Ammonia: 0 ppm
Nitrite: 0 ppm
Nitrate: 5.0 ppm
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed?
Gills are extremely inflamed, protruding outward about two centimeters, deep red in color with one centimeter of black bordering the outermost edge.The scales covering the gill area are incredibly shiny, almost as if they have been scraped off. I am not sure about this one, but his eyes seem darker in color and a little bulbous.
How has your betta fish's behavior changed?
He sits at the bottom, currently is on his side. He has not eaten in four days. His mouth will not close. He gasps. He no longer moves away from light when I shine it on him. I have not seen him surface in a couple days.
When did you start noticing the symptoms?
A couple of weeks ago his appetite decreased. I noticed the rest of his symptoms ~4 days ago.
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how?
Yes, at the request of a specialist from my LFS, he has received three days of tetracycline treatment. Today will be his fourth, but he has not received it yet.
Does your fish have any history of being ill?
How old is your fish (approximately)?
I have had him for one and a half years. He didn't grow at all after I got him, so I'm assuming he is a little over two years old.
The picture attached was a couple days ago. He has been hiding, so I have not been able to take a new picture. Thank you in advance for any help!