Tank Size: ~1 gallon.
Temperature: Room temperature, ~76-82 degrees.
Air Stone: None.
Tank Mates: none (except a few live plants).
Food: Aqua Culture, betta pellet food
Feeding: Twice a day, 4 pellets each time (morning and early evening)
Water Changes: Once a week. Tap water.
Additives: Aquarium salts (less than a teaspoon) and Tetra Aqua (AquaSafe) (a few drops, maybe more than a few drops, would this happen with too much conditioner?).
Water Testing: never.
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed?
This is the second weekend when his anal fin and caudal fin (tail) get sort of shredded when I change his water.
I scoop him out using the net (maybe too rough?), put him in a temporary bowl with some water from his current bowl, clean his bowl/rinse the rocks and plants, put in salt/water conditioner, put in tap water, put the live plants back in, let it sit a while, then scoop him out with the net and put him back in his bowl (I add water "dirty" water there was in the temporary bowl back into the cleaned bowl). Last week I noticed that he'd gotten a slit in his anal fin (didn't go all the way through) and shredded the end of his tail when I poured him back into his bowl. I thought he hurt himself on the pointy plants at the bottom. This week, I noticed he'd already gotten a little torn up before I even moved him back into the bowl. Is it possible for betta fish to rip themselves up struggling in the nets while being transferred?
How has your betta fish's behavior changed?
Haven't noticed a change in behavior. He eats with appetite, makes bubbles, swims around, and gets hyper whenever I approach.
When did you start noticing the symptoms?
This happened for the first time last week.
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how?
Beats me what to do! This week I was as gentle as I could be in moving him between temporary and permanent bowls, and it still happened!!
Does your fish have any history of being ill?
Not that I know of.
How old is your fish (approximately)?
I've only had him for about 2 months. I bought him from walmart and I don't think he's gotten much bigger since then.
I really love my fish! Please, if anyone knows what I'm doing wrong, let me know.