What size is your tank? 10 gallon
What temperature is your tank? 78 F
Does your tank have a filter? no
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? under gravel airetor
Is your tank heated? yes
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? none
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? betta pellets, frieze dried worms, betta flakes
How often do you feed your betta fish? once a day except sunday
How often do you perform a water change? 4 times a week i do 10% - every two weeks i do 25 - 30 %
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? see above
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? "Tetra Aqua" Aqua Safe and "SeaChem" Stability
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
I take it into the pet shop and they tell me every thing is okay - i do this about every week
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? A few days ago I noticed his top fin was really raggedy. I took out all of the fake plants, thinking he caught it on one of them (they passed the panty hose test, but I just wanted to make sure). Today his top fin is completely severed and there is a giant chunck missing and it has small holes in it. Other fins have not had this happen.
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? Not really until just now when I tried to give him another salt bath. Now he is struggling for air and being super lethargic.
When did you start noticing the symptoms? Sunday.
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? I have been giving him epsom salt baths in a hospital tank once a day for five minutes. When I first noticed it a did a 75% water change. I have been adding 1 tsp of "Stress Coat" and 1 tsp of "Melafix" to the water (as directed to on the bottles)
Does your fish have any history of being ill? No
How old is your fish (approximately)?I bought him at petco a month ago.
I noticed he was fraying, thought he got it caught on a fake plant, and wanting to stave off infection or fin rot I immediatly changed 75% of the water, and started a Stress Coat and Melafix regiment with daily salt baths in a hospital tank. Tonight I noticed a huge chunk of his top fin missing and set up a hospital tank but when I put him in he started going crazy so i put him right back into the regular tank and now i have been having to hold him up so he can breath.
Please help. This will be the second fish i lost this year and I cannot bear that.