Teru has a white spot on him that I'm pretty sure is a fungal infection. I'm working on treating it, but recently he's scared me a handful of times by thinking he's dead. He just seems to stay at the top of the water and not move. Just today I realized that now, when he tries to swim towards the bottom, he has trouble and just floats back to the surface. : /
He's already in his own 3 gallon with a heater and I've been treating him with Pimafix Antifungal Fish Remedy. I was using Aquarium salt up until recently, but I'm starting to think the fungus might be getting worse since he just recently started having trouble staying under the water.
What size is your tank? - 3 Gallons
What temperature is your tank? - 78F
Does your tank have a filter? No.
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? None. But he has a plant for hiding in.
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Hikari Betta Bio-gold Baby Pellets.
How often do you feed your betta fish? I usually feed Teru once a day, but he rarely eats.
How often do you perform a water change? Teru used to live (I got him last Friday, so from Friday until the following Wednesday) in a 1/2 gallon when I did 100% water changes every day. I recently (on Wednesday) moved him to a 3 gallon and haven't done a water change yet.
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? For a while 100%. Since moving him to the 3 gallon I haven't done any. But I'll probably start doing 50% every other day and then 100% once a week.
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? StressCoat+ is my conditioner and PimaFix. I was using aquarium salt as well.
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? The white spot on him has grown since I got him and his dorsal fin is torn to all hell. I caught it bleeding a little the other day. I think I saw stress lines on him last night.
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? He's always been an anxious little thing ever since I got him and startled at the smallest thing. Lately, though, I've actually been able to get my finger really close to him before he even seems to notice it. Then he starts freaking out and swims away per usual.
When did you start noticing the symptoms? He's been in bad shape since I've had him, I got him about a week ago.
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? I've been using PimaFix for the past two days per the instructions on the bottle, I used StressCoat+ once because I thought he had a loose scale. I was using Aquarium Salt for about three days before I moved to the PimaFix.
Does your fish have any history of being ill? Like I said, he's been in bad shape since I got him.
How old is your fish (approximately)? I really have no clue how to tell. But I don't think he's that old.