Oh, so when we first got our veil-tail Vlad, we accidentally overstocked our tank, it was a 5 gallon with him and an oto, there was an ammonia spike and he got ammonia poisoning. When this happened the scales on his gills, dried or something, they are discolored, greyish, and he lost almost all color in his body became lethargic got clamped fins etc. Oh and he didn't eat for the 1st week of us having him, he eats like a pig now.
Well we remedied this, he got active again, unclamped his pretty fins, started a bubblenest and now his color has almost completely returned. His gill flaps are still discolored but everything else looks ok.
We check his water twice a day (paranoid), all the specs were looking good.
When we fist got him he paced a lot, and we thought this was part of his quirky personality. Once he got better he continued pacing. Sometimes when we aren't working, or when we enter the room, he's exploring his tank like Azathoth is always doing. But when we are in the room, its this constant spastic pacing and it keeps getting more spastic.
Now he has a white spot on his fin (last night it was two, now its one) I automatically assume ich, however we have salt in our tank and had been treating with lifeguard after the ammonia poisoning, he was lethargic for nearly a week after and we thought it might be something else. So with salt, lifegaurd, and a pristine tank we were confused to how Ich could have formed, and now one of the spots is gone?!
He isn't dive-bombing, scratching, rubbing or anything.
Just one spot, and spastic pacing.
What size is your tank? 5g
What temperature is your tank? oddly low at 74, usually at 78
Does your tank have a filter? yes a Tom Internal filter http://www.amazon.com/Internal-Filte...5415473&sr=8-2
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
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? hikari bio-gold
How often do you feed your betta fish? 2 pellets twice a day, or 1 bloodworm twice a day, fast him on thursdays
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? 25%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? aquasafe plus, 1 teaspoon aquarium salt, florapride(once a month)
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?yes while writing this post, using the AP master test kit
Ammonia: between 0ppm and .25ppm Not quite either... strange
pH:7.4 or 7.6 (same color since we started testing 2 weeks ago so very consistent)
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? a single white spot on his right pectoral fin
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? slightly more spastic pacing as opposed to his normal casual pacing
When did you start noticing the symptoms? The spasticness about 3 or 4 days ago, the spot last night
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? His tank has a dose of aquarium salt, he's also been under a lifeguard treatment ( 1 tab a day, last 4 or so days)
Does your fish have any history of being ill? yes he recovered from ammonia poisoning
How old is your fish (approximately)? Not sure, we've had him 2 weeks, he is large though his body is about 2 inches
Any advice? If he's developing anything we want to nip it in the bud now...