What size is your tank?: 1 gallon MiniBow
What temperature is your tank?: Typically between 75-85 F
Does your tank have a filter?: Yes, Aqueon QuietFlow
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration?: No
Is your tank heated?: No
What tank mates does your betta fish live with?: None
What type of food do you feed your betta fish?: Aqueon Betta Food
How often do you feed your betta fish?: Once daily, 4-6 pellets
How often do you perform a water change?: Three times weekly
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change?: 50% twice weekly, 100% weekly
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change?: TopFin Betta Water Conditioner. I just started adding 1 teaspoon of aquarium salt per gallon to treat the fin rot.
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
Ammonia: .5 ppm
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed?: My fish, Clippard, is a crowntail. His lower fins have developed whitish tips, while his tail and top fins are beginning to look ragged on the edges. He doesn't seem to be losing any length except for a little on the top.
How has your betta fish's behavior changed?: Clip has been acting pretty normal. He still darts around his tank when someone enters the room, flares at me, nips at my finger, and eats like a pig.
When did you start noticing the symptoms?: I first noticed the whiteness on his tips this Sunday. On Monday, I noticed that portions of his fins were becoming ragged.
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how?: I gave Clip's tank a 100% change on Sunday and again on Tuesday. I've also done a 50% change today (his water was cloudy) and added 1 teaspoon of aquarium salt per gallon of water.
Does your fish have any history of being ill?: Not that I know of.
How old is your fish (approximately)?: Unsure. I've had him for almost two months and he is the same size as he was when I got him.
I'm hoping you all can help me out. I'm certain this all started last Monday when I attempted to give Clippard his weekly 100% change. He kept darting around the tank and wouldn't let me scoop him out to clean the tank. Fearing that I was stressing him out, I did what amounted to about a 75% change and kept with his cleaning schedule for the rest of the week: a 50% on Wednesday, a 50% on Friday, and a 100% on Sunday. Sunday was when I noticed his bottom fins turning white on the tips. Assuming (probably correctly) that Clip ended up with finrot because of a dirty tank, I began treating him with aquarium salt the next day. This was when I observed portions of his fins becoming ragged.
I'm concerned because Clippard's fins seem to look more ragged now than they did when I began treating him. He likes to drag his fins and lean on things, so, thinking he may be tearing himself, I removed a plastic plant and about half of the gravel from his tank to prevent him from injuring his fins more. II'm worried that his fin rot may be too severe to treat with only aquarium salt.
These are the questions I have:
1) How long should I wait for Clippard to heal on his own before resorting to medication?
2) How often should I be cleaning his tank while treating him? I know that 1 gallon is awfully small, but I need to work with what I have for right now. Would alternating 50% and 100% changes work, or should I change 100% of the water each day?
3) If Clippard does require medication, do you have any recommendations on what I should use?
Thanks in advance!