I'm back again. It might be that I'm a bit jumpy, as my previous betta died just a few days ago. I've had my new betta for about 2 days, and today I noticed his tail has begun to fray? When we first got him, his tail was perfectly uniform with no fraying or ripping. He is a Rose Petal Betta, so I don't think he's supposed to have a fraying-type tail? I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong, but I don't want to lose another betta, so I'm debating doing either salt or Maracyn 2, depending what might work best!
Before my previous betta passed away, his tail had done the same thing; slowly began to fray until his entire tail fell off and he passed the very next day. I had done 7 days of salt (did nothing) and one day of Maracyn 2 before he passed away, so I'm a bit concerned!!
What size is your tank? 2.5gal
What temperature is your tank? 79F
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? Aqueon Betta Food (pellets), and I'm going to slowly introduce him to the Aqueon Betta Treat Freeze-dried bloodworms and Tetra BettaMin Tropical Medley flakes
How often do you feed your betta fish? Once daily, except Saturdays
How often do you perform a water change? Weekly
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 25-50%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? API StressCoat
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
Hardness: 80 (closer to soft)
Alkalinity: 120 (ideal, according to the test parameters)
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? Tail began to fray slightly
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? Not at all; he's still very energetic and eating well
When did you start noticing the symptoms? Today (6-28-15)
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? Not yet
Does your fish have any history of being ill? No
How old is your fish (approximately)? ~4 months (estimation)
I don't know what I'm doing wrong :( I've lost two fish in the last 6 months, and now my brand new betta seems to be sick too? I really hope I'm just overreacting!
He moves pretty quickly (lots of energy!!) so it was difficult to get a picture, but here's the best one I was able to get:
The fraying is on the very back of his tail. Once again, thank you so much for any advice!