I'm really sad and worried because Deltan, my favorite one, woke up with a really red tail. I don't know what happened. We was healthy and perfectly fine yesterday. I was going to breed him today so I put him yesterday night in the breeding tank (5 gallon, heated) and as I woke up I saw his tail was completely red and starting to torn. He was laying on the bottom on one of his sides and was looking weak. His other fins were red also. I'm so desperate, I don't want to loose him. I took him to a friend of mine who is an "aquarist" and knows a lot about fish, he told me he has septicemia. Will he get over it? I don't get what happened! Everything was normal, the breeding tank was perfect... how could it happened and why so fast? Please, someone help.
What size is your tank? 5 gallon, but he lives on a 2.5 gallon.
What temperature is your tank? 26C normally, 28C on the breeding tank.
Does your tank have a filter? The breeding tank doesn't, his tank is filtered.
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? No.
Is your tank heated? Yes, both.
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? None, he's all by himself.
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Brine shrimp, mosquito larva, Azoo micro-pellets.
How often do you feed your betta fish? Three times a day small portions.
How often do you perform a water change? Every 3-4 days 50% and I siphon the bottom, the breeding tank had 2 days aged water.
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 50% and siphon the bottom.
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? It's called Neutra-Strees.
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? Yes, his fins are really red.
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? He seems very lethargic, is breeding heavily and lying on one of his sides.
When did you start noticing the symptoms? Today morning.
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? It's an antibiotic made of Erythromycin
Does your fish have any history of being ill? He has always had little red dots on his tail fin edges that appear every now and then but I always treat them with a substance I have here (perganmanato de potasio).
How old is your fish (approximately)? About 8 months old, maybe younger.
This was him just two days ago.