What size is your tank? 3 gallons
What temperature is your tank? 78*
Does your tank have a filter? Yes
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? Yes
Is your tank heated? Yes
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? 2 Ghost Shrimp, possibly a snail (I haven't seen it in a week and it might have been small enough for my Betta to munch). Java Ferns.
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Aqueon Betta Pellets
How often do you feed your betta fish? twice daily
How Much do you feed your Betta? About 3-4 micro pellets per feeding.
How often do you perform a water change? Twice per week
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 50% and 80%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Prime
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters? I'm doing my 80% water change today, these are pre-change. Last change was 50% on Friday.
Ammonia: 0.6 ppm
Nitrite: 0.1 ppm
Nitrate: 5 ppm
Hardness: 120 (Carbonate Hardness 80 ppm)
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? The rays on his fins are bending and curling. Picture below.
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? No change.
When did you start noticing the symptoms? I've been watching and trying to research the cause for about 3 days.
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? Nope. Nothing to treat as far as I can tell.
Does your fish have any history of being ill? Tail Biting count?
How old is your fish (approximately)? I've had him for over 1 month but got him from PetsMart.
Ok, so it isn't really an emergency or disease but it's freaking me out because I don't know what's causing it. Basically the rays on his caudal and anal fins are starting to curl or bend. He's still healing from a tail biting incident so I guess it could just be the way his fins are growing in. Ijust want to make sure that's what it is before I dismiss it.
Here's a pic, it's hard to tell but if you look at the edges and for the ridges in his tail you can kind of make it out. Also if you look at his pectoral you see a bit of a white spot at the end, it has actually curled back in on itself.