I've only had my (crownfish?) Betta for a couple days, and I have some questions that research has only provided conflicting answers to. He's developed a white cloudy outline on his tail fins and the back of his dorsal fin - I suspect it is finrot. It isn't significant enough to show up on a photo yet, otherwise I would post one.
- 1.5 gallon tank (anything bigger wouldn't fit on my desk in my dorm)
- Sub-gravel heated to 81F (+/- 2F)
- Some plastic/cloth-like plant decorations
- Glass marbled bottom with some river rocks (Mancala stones)
- 33% water change every day, 100% change on Wednesday.
- Conditioner is added since I only have access to tap water.
- I leave the light on during the day and turn it off at night. It came with a red filter and a blue filter (I'd assume for different light wavelengths preferred by various aquatic plants...), but I haven't used either one yet.
- I am very aware of the Nitrogen Cycle and how it can be beneficial and quite dangerous to fish under circumstance. Since I have such a small tank, I thought for a bit that the ammonia levels were the cause of his finrot (?).
- I believe the pH is somewhere between 7.1 and 7.6. I only had lab-grade chemistry testing strips - nothing specialized for aquarium use. To be honest, I am wary of pilfering more from my chemlab.
MTWFS - two pellets in the morning, two at night before I go to bed.
Thursday - a freeze dried bloodworm.
Sunday - no food
He hasn't eaten anything except the bloodworm yet, and I have removed all of the pellets he left untouched to minimize decomposition and molding.
He seems incredibly happy in this aquarium. He swims quite frequently and plays games with the occasional bubble created by the filter current. He hides in the foliage and rests on a large leaf close to the surface when I turn the lights off. He's a gorgeous fish and his color has only increased in intensity since I've brought him home. He likes to float above the heater sometimes, and seems like a very inquisitive fish. I wish I could fit a larger tank in my dorm - I feel like I'm limiting his happiness with the few things I am able to provide for him. XD
1) Should I be concerned over the white/light greyish cloudy material developing on his fins? It is not very prominent, but it is definitely there if it is looked for. The surface area has only seemed to increase since I've kept him in his new home.
Ideally, he will be a present for my boyfriend, and since I have invested quite a large sum of money (relatively speaking, I am a starving college student. XD) into this aquarium, I would like this fish to live to its full life potential. Should I go out and purchase the medicine for finrot, or is this not a concern?
2) What do I do about his eating habits? Bloodworms are good for them, but I do not want to overfeed or spoil him with them.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.