What size is your tank? 20gal, going to 36 in 2 weeks
What temperature is your tank? 80
Does your tank have a filter? Yes; also fully planted with true aquatics
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? 1 angel, 2 platys, 1 bristlenose pleco
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? TropiFin flake
How often do you feed your betta fish? Once a day
How often do you perform a water change? Once a week
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 20%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Aquarium salt, FloraPride. Tank has been established since June, no other chemicals needed
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
I use strips so I don't have numbers.
Nitrite: High but still within safe levels (been on vacation, guess who's gravel-vac'ing today lol)
Hardness: Very hard (it's the water here, always will be)
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? He has had his fins very much picked at and nibbled at. He is a half-moon male so having very short, ragged fins is a HUGE change.
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? He does not want to move much, he will prove to me he has energy though. He lists to one side.
When did you start noticing the symptoms? Last night when I arrived home from vacation.
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? I have quarantined him, turned up the heat to 82.
Does your fish have any history of being ill? No, he does not.
How old is your fish (approximately)? I purchased him about 7 months ago.
My angelfish got too cocky while I was gone. Upsetting, because he used to be smacked around by Thor, the Elder God of all Bettas (seriously, said betta was huge and lived to be at least 5, he might have even been 6). Anyway, my gentle male betta Narcissus has suffered and I have to fix it. I went out and got him a 2gal hex to live in for quarantine. I'm in the process of moving so I'm not ready to get him a whole new permanent setup (I'm thinking Fluval Edge 5gal) just yet, but even though he loved community life and playing with the platys, I don't think I can put him back in there.
I have only JUST put him in the hex with water sprites (true aquatic and he loves to float in them) half an hour ago and I used straight water from the community tank to minimize his shock, adding in Stress Coat. I plan to begin changing it tomorrow. What else can I do for him?