Please help! i just got my betta less than a week ago and he still acting and eating fine so far, but his tail is doing this weird thing where its looks like its almost sticking together then shrinking at the end into 1 long piece. As this piece get longer the ends almost look kinda shiny at the tips like theirs possibly a light film covering them.
It has progessed over the last few days and its making it harder for him to swim. Im not sure but i believe my tank is a gallon so i've been changing the water out (50%) more often and tomorrow im running out to get a heater since i've heard they're essential. Also as a last attempt when this started getting much worse I've tried putting bettfix in for the last 2 days but i havn't noticed a difference.
Im not sure what to do? thanks in advance for your help!
Hi Carlos and welcome to the forum. It looks like you're off to a good start because you're going to get a heater - bettas are tropical fish so they need waters around 78-80 degrees farenheit. In a 1 gallon tank, you'll want to change the at least 50% of the water 2 times a week and 100% or close to that 1 a week. It seems like a lot but in such a small tank it will go by fast. Clean water is the best thing you can do for your betta. Be sure to use a water conditioner that detoxifies chlorine and chloramines. Some suggested brands are API Stress Coat, Seachem Prime, and Tetra AquaSafe.
Now as for his tail . . . do you know what kind of tail he has? Take a look at the link and see if you recognize what kind of tail your betta had before he started having his problem. Or even better, if you can take a pic and post it that would be great. It will help us tell if what you're describing is his normal tail or something abnormal.
Yes clamped fins can be a sign of being cold. They try to keep their fins close to their bodies to retain heat. Judging from your avatar, your betta is cold. I would do a 100% water change to remove the bettafix and see how things go with the heater. How often do you do water changes and how much of the water do you change? Also, this is random, but I noticed you had a bamboo in your tank. That is not a problem, but if you leave the area where the first leaves start under water the bamboo will die. It is not a fully aquatic plant.
Yeah, that's true. Cold water will make him clamp up. That's where he'll tuck all his fins as close to him as possible. But what you're describing with his tail sounds like there may be something else going on as well.
I was thinking if I could identify the tail, I could tell if he was just a veil tail with a lot of point to his tail but you're right, Turtle, that film sounds suspicious. Even a veil tail shouldn't have a film there.
Carlos, does the white film look like the clear parts that my betta has on the ends of his tail in my avatar? Was the film always there?