What size is your tank?
About 1 gallon.
What temperature is your tank?
Room temperature. Somewhere in the 70's.
Does your tank have a filter?
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration?
Just a few live plants.
Is your tank heated?
What tank mates does your betta fish live with?
What type of food do you feed your betta fish?
Pellets. Four pellets twice a day. Very recently switched to 3 twice a day, after these problems started.
How often do you feed your betta fish?
Twice a day.
How often do you perform a water change?
Varies a little, but around twice a week.
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change?
1/2 to 3/4.
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change?
Aquarium salts and AquaSafe.
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed?
So a few days ago, maybe closer to a week now, I took a good look at my betta and realized that the dorsal fin was looking really ragged all the way to the base, and I don't think he could be chewing it because it's too close to his mouth. Also, the base looked faintly discolored, kind of a pale, unhealthy brownish, whereas his body is dark blue. Also, just today when I took another very good look at him, the rest of his body is kind of getting discolored, that same dull unhealthy brownish.
How has your betta fish's behavior changed?
He's been swimming around and seems okay. He eats when I feed him. I think he might be a little more hyper when I approach him, and maybe a little more lethargic when he's on his own, but I can't say for sure.
When did you start noticing the symptoms?
Maybe 5-6 days ago.
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how?
I've been changing his water, at least 1/2, everyday or every other day. And I downed his feeding from 4 pellets twice a day to 3.
Does your fish have any history of being ill?
How old is your fish (approximately)?
I bought him in Walmart this past June. So I've had him about 7 months. He was adult when I got him.
Here are pictures, the best I could do, he was moving around like crazy.
Please advise, I really think my fish is seriously ill, not sure what to do. I'll probably take him to Petsmart this evening, but it would be good to have some input first.