I posted a thread recently about troubles with Loung's tail. We thought it might have been new fin growth, but now there is definitely something wrong with him now. Last night his tail had a bit of a wavy/scalloped edge right at the end and it didn't look any worse than when I first posted last week. Then this afternoon I came home to look at him and half his tail was missing!!! The little bones in his tail are perfectly fine but it's like half his fin tissue just got sucked right off of him. My boyfriend said he didn't notice anything weird about him this morning when he fed him so I think this just happened suddenly. Either overnight or in the span of about 5 hours.
At first his tail was just starting to "dissolve" at the end. No black tips, no discolouration. Just thinning and splitting very slightly. The hard lines (don't know what they are called... spines??) of the tail are not affected, only the soft fin tissue at the end of his tail. There is still no evidence of fin rot but half of his tail just went missing.
I'm so sad! Please help me figure out what is ailing Loung! I just did a 50% water changed today. He doesn't seemed to be bothered by his tail other than having to try harder when he swims since half of his tail is gone.
Thanks so much guys
Here is the original thread:
What size is your tank? 5 gallon
What temperature is your tank? 80 degrees far.
Does your tank have a filter? yes. submergible Elite Stingray 5
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? No
Is your tank heated? yes. adjustable heater.
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? none. can I put a mini golden clam in there with him?
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? betta pellets + freeze dried bloodworms
How often do you feed your betta fish? 2-3 pellets twice a day. bloodworms 2-3 times a week as a treat.
How often do you perform a water change? weekly
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? Nutrafin Aqua Plus tap water conditioner, Nutrafin Cycle**, Nutrafin Betta Bowl Cleaner
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
Ammonia: 0 ppm
Nitrite: 0 ppm
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? tail ripping
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? no
When did you start noticing the symptoms? 2 weeks ago
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? 1 tsp aq salt per gallon
Does your fish have any history of being ill? don't know
How old is your fish (approximately)? don't know. took him from pet store 2 weeks ago.