He was my first Mother's Day present and the husband got him for me from Walmart. Not the best idea but I am trying to make it work with what I have. He actually gave me two a female and a male and put them in the same tank. They were fine for about 5 hours than at 3:30 in the morning when i woke up to feed our 8 week old son, I checked on her and saw her tail all bit up. She is in the smaller tank now. Yesterday I noticed that the males color is fading, it keeps getting lighter and lighter. Its moving from his head towards his tail, I am by no means a betta expert but I have had bettas before (4 years ago) and I remember the basics. I separated them and broke out my old betta stuff that I kept. Bashful (male) is alot calmer and he cant expand any of his fins, he can still get air by swimming up to the top and I dont think it is labored. the tank we have has a "fish guard" so they dont go down a tube and he has been resting on that until I started taking pictures of him.
I know I am lacking stuff but today he got payed for the first time since we got the fish and tonight we will go to an actual aquarium shop and petco to get other supplies.
What size is your tank? 3 Gallon
What temperature is your tank? Dont know
Does your tank have a filter? No
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? Yes
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? Once a day
How often do you feed your betta fish? Tetra Min flakes
How often do you perform a water change? every day
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 10%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Tetra water conditioner
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters? n/a
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? He is turning white wont/cant "frill up"
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? No
When did you start noticing the symptoms? Yesterday at 8 pm
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? No
Does your fish have any history of being ill? No
How old is your fish (approximately)?no idea.
Now I gave the picture more of a contrast then is normal so you can see the difference. He hasnt opened his tail since Monday but he can still swim around. I will try and post more to show why I think he has velvet on his head but as you can see I am not very good at taking pictures of fish.
Is there anything I can do for now to help him out? He is still in the three gallon tank I am reluctant to take him out since I only have one net and I doing 100% water changes for the small tank which has the bitten female in it. Baby is now asleep so if there are any suggestions that require me putting Bashful in a cup and taking pictures speak now or forever hold your piece.