so i got up this morning and came in to check on sam, and i find this!!!
for comparison, here's what he looked like 3 days ago:
his poor tail is absolutely destroyed!!! *also, i just went to look at him, and he looks even worse now, or maybe i'm being paranoid* my friend's bringing over her dslr (?) camera so i can get a better picture of the carnage. here's the details of his home, any help would be greatly appreciated!!!! thank you for looking!
*please note the "previous illness" section. he has recently been treated with aquarium salt, so please keep that in mind*
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?
(i am currently working on getting a 10 gal up and cycled, but it's not cooperating, so it'll most likely be another week or two)
What type of food do you feed your betta fish?
topfin color enhancing betta bits & frozen blood worms
How often do you feed your betta fish?
2 times daily
(due to his recent tail nastyness i've been feeding him blood worms at least once a day to try and keep him healthy)
How often do you perform a water change?
2x week (yes, not good. but he has a marimo & wisteria, so i'm not too concerned)
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change?
100% on weekends & 50% in middle of week (sometimes)
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change?
API tap water conditioner
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
......i don't wanna tell y'all.......they're bad. strange, cause i just gave him a 100% sunday.....guess i have no choice. i feel like a bad mama now...
5.0 (hows that possible??? mini cycle?)
no clue. i had tank/cycling water (not his home) tested last week at petsmart and it was 200
also not his home, but tank, tested at petsmart, 80
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed?
the tissue between the rays has melted away, looks stringy and ratty
How has your betta fish's behavior changed?
seems fairly normal, maybe swimming a bit erratically, but overall ok. he ate his blood worm with gusteau as usual. he worked on his bubble nest last night. he's also flaring more than usual
When did you start noticing the symptoms?
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how?
Does your fish have any history of being ill?
on about the 23-24th of october i noticed his fins were looking ratty (similar to currently, but not quite as bad) so on the 25th i started an api aquarium salt regime (1/2 tsp per gallon) until the 31st. his fins seemed to get a tad bit better, and he was fine all last week. he's also been biting on his tail some this past week
How old is your fish (approximately)?
idk, i've had him about a month and a half
so he's deffinetly getting a 100% wc today, i mainly need to know, should i add anything? thanks again for any advice.