Our betta, Red October, has a small cut on his side and a couple raised looking scales next to it. We have no idea where he could've gotten the cut. He's been spitting food out alot lately but will go back for it. We tried to put him in a salt bath with betta fix in it to maybe speed his recovery ... when he was in the salt bath he swam around crazily and would gasp for air something we've never seen him do. So we put him back in his real tank as fast as we could... this is obviously our main concern although we also wanted to address the fact that since we've had him (we bought him from PetCo 4 months ago) his fins have been really frayed and hes had a permanent shiny film on some of his fins.
here's his specs:
He lives in a 5 gallon tank with a filter and a heater. His tank is between 70 and 80 at all times.
He has no other "tank mates."
He eats 3 blood worms on Tu/Thur and 3 (Tetra Betta) pellets on Mon/W/F/Sat. We fast him on Sundays.
We change his water once a week - about 50% or less. We add a solution - Betta Bowl Plus when we change the water and while his water is being changed we put him in a light salt bath.
We tested our water at Pet Smart and they said everything was fine. He has a stick-on Ammonia Alert that will change colors if his ammonia levels are bad. Its fine right now.
When we first brought him home he hid from us and wouldn't eat. Thats when we first put him in a salt bath solution and hes been fine ever since (which is the reason we turn to a salt bath if he ever seems ill)
soo...anyone with thoughts about the cut/the frayed fins/and or the shiny film fire away...we're out of ideas here lol :) Much appreciated!