Hey all, I finally got my betta (best present ever!) and being a bit of a hypochondriac, I'm concerned right off the bat. Taji hasn't eaten since I got him three days ago, and has some other wierd symptoms and behaviours. Let me know what you think!
What size is your tank? 2.5 gal
What temperature is your tank? 76 degrees
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? No tank mates
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? I've tried Aqueon betta food, Wardley betta pellets, soaked freeze-dried bloodworms, and a mixture made by a betta breeder that contains all sorts of proteins and seaweeds that just flew right over my head when she was telling me. XD
How often do you feed your betta fish? Well, I've been trying night and morning.
How often do you perform a water change? I'm currently doing a change every day.
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? About 20%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? I'm adding 1 drop of Prime conditioner, and 1/2 tsp aquarium salt.
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
My test kit just shows whether anything is above normal, but there are no acual values (just color changes).
Alkalinity: 180 ppm
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? He has a blackened edge along the bottom of his anal fin, and it looks crimped, but not like it's fading away. I'm treating it as fin rot, but is it really? In addition (and I totally may be overreacting as a new fish mommy :D), I think I see one little whitish, filmy mass over his eye. (Ick?! OH NO!)
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? He has generally been pretty active, although for several hours during the afternoon, he hides under the heater and won't come out. Also, when he flares, he...chases his tail? O.o Is it normal for them to flare in circles? He does swim straight the rest of the time.
When did you start noticing the symptoms? He hasn't eaten since I got him, the tail issue I saw as soon as he was out of the blue water three days ago, the white thing I saw a few minutes ago, and the wierd flaring thing started a day ago when he was feeling happier in his new tank.
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? I'm giving him 1/2 a tsp of aquarium salt after each water change.
Does your fish have any history of being ill? I have no idea.
How old is your fish (approximately)? At least 1 yr old I'd guess from the size of him. He's a pretty big guy.