I am new to this site but, I am hoping that you can help me decide if my little boy Betta, Jean-Luc, has ich.
He is a very beautiful purple Betta that kind-of looks like the Rainbow Fish in the children's book. Given that he has a very shiny coat of scales I have a very hard time trying to figure out if he is sick or not. I am going to be including a photo here in a little while.
Here are his symptoms based on the list in this websites Sticky post.
What size is your tank? 1 gallon bowl
What temperature is your tank? Room temperature and at this moment the temperature of the room is 75.7 degrees. My thermostat for his bowl broke a few months ago so I don't know exactly what the temperature is in his bowl
Does your tank have a filter? No
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? No besides the opening at the top of the bowl
Is your tank heated? No
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? No tank mates
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Top Fin Color Enhancing Betta Bits
How often do you feed your betta fish? Once a day, 2 pellets one of each color
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? 100 %
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Prime Freshwater & Saltwater by Seachem; 2 drops
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters? I don't know where to find a test kit, so no I do not test my water.
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? He has a few white dots on his long tail, and other than that he seems to look fine. However, his shiny coat tends to confuse me.
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? He is pretty much the same just a little more sluggish. He is a very lazy fishy but, he was the most active one at PetSmart when I bought him.
When did you start noticing the symptoms? Maybe a week ago
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? I changed his water, and I have been giving him 1 mL of Melafix once a day
Does your fish have any history of being ill? I think he got ill in September but, I am not sure.
How old is your fish (approximately)? Uh...I don't know. I got him in late August and it's Febuary.
If it is possible for the people on this website then I would greatly appreciate it. Jean-Luc is my first ever fish so I kind-of know what I am doing but I also really don't know what I am doing. I am learning as I go along.