Hey, I haven't been here for a while... I've been busy studying for finals, I was going camping, also within the time I've been here like 5 people I know have had birthdays! so it's been a busy time and well... A bit too busy for me to clean Churro's 3 gallon... which I know is horrible of me to be too busy to care for my fish ): Well I'll stop babbling and get to the questions:
Housing What size is your tank? 3 gallons
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? No
Is your tank heated? Yes
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? None
Food? Aqueon Betta Food
How often do you feed your betta fish? 1 pellet in the morning, 1 in the afternoon, 1 at night.
Maintenance How often do you perform a water change? Not for a really really long time... I'm not even gonna say how long it is (I feel so guilty) but lets just say, A WHILE. I'm planning on doing half changes every four days now, though.
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 50%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Just plain water conditioner and a very small amount of aquarium salt.
Water Parameters: Have you tested your water? No
Symptoms and Treatment How has your betta fish's appearance changed? Caudal fin has reduced to about 2 thirds of its original size, more ragged and choppy and darkened on the ends. Often clamped up... his anal fins and dorsal fins don't seem as bad. his ventral fin is quite damaged though. He's also overall not as bright in color as he used to be.
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? He usually just swims around slowly, but sometimes he'll just stay near the top and not do anything for a long time. also at times he zig zags along the glass while opening and closing his mouth quickly. usually he just swims around like normal though.
When did you start noticing the symptoms? It was just like a week ago when I realized how bad it was starting to get... I feel really bad.
Does your fish have any history of being ill? Yes, as some of you know he was rescued from my classroom where he lived in a five gallon with a goldfish and he went up to 6 months with no water changes... He had fin rot when I got him but improved quickly when I put him in his new home... he has permanent gill damage though, unfortunately.
How old is your fish (approximately)? More than a year old probably.
Thank you guys... I know it was irresponsible of me to let it get this bad... I feel terrible but I'll do my best to help him heal up now (: