What size is your tank? 10 gallons
What temperature is your tank? About 80 Fahrenheit
Does your tank have a filter? Yes: carbon filter and an "ammonia pillow"
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? 5 other females, fresh plants
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Hikari Bio-Gold Pellets, Frozen blood worms, freeze dried blood worms
How often do you feed your betta fish? twice a day
How often do you perform a water change? 2-3 times weekly
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 20-50%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Tap water conditioner, waste control
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
Ammonia: Last test 1.0
Nitrate: 3.1 (we have several live plants...no plastic)
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? loss of colour
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? clamped tail fin, less activity, generally found floating near the surface between the heater and the glass, not eating. Was behaving normally a few hours earlier.
When did you start noticing the symptoms? This morning
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? Not yet. Will be putting her in quarantine when I get home.
Does your fish have any history of being ill? Unknown. Not since I got her.
How old is your fish (approximately)? Unknown. Purchased 2 weeks ago.
One of our other females (Hero) was quarantined and treated for a columnaris infection last week (hasn't been released yet), but there doesn't seem to be anything outwardly wrong with Cordelia (the female in question). Her sisters will occasionally sit with her but otherwise seem to be acting normally.
Hamlet (Red Veiltail male w/ blue sheen)
Ariel (Blue-green Twintail w/ hints of black and red)
Ophelia (Cambodia female with blue rays and sheen, red fins, tail unknown)
Hero (wild type female, red fins, turquoise rays and a few scales)
Cordelia (wild type female with red fins, green rays and a few scales)
Viola (wild type female with red fins, gold-coloured body, blue rays)
Silvia (wild type, red fins, turquoise rays, silver/gold body)
Katharina (Cambodia female with red marbling, red fins, blue rays and sheen, blue eyes)