To begin with, I brought home two red VT boys from work with mild cases of finrot. I changed their water when they got shipped here from the supplier and again when I got home. So that's stressful. But then I went to feed my HM boy and he wouldn't come out for a few minutes.... When he did, I freaked out because he was so clamped and scared looking. It might be worth noting that I forgot to shut off his light last night and it was on from yesterday morning until this morning, when I shut it off, so the light was off from around 10.15am this morning until 10pm tonight. So maybe he's just really easily stressed about the messed up light schedule? In any case...
What size is your tank? 15gal
What temperature is your tank? 80 degrees F
Does your tank have a filter? Yes, two sponge filters
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? n/a
Is your tank heated? Yes
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? Neon tetras, corydoras catfish
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? HBH Betta Bites and Colorbright flakes
How often do you feed your betta fish? Once at night and once in the morning
How often do you perform a water change? Weekly
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 20 - 40%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? API StressCoat
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? His colors have faded and he's very clamped; he resembles a VT more so than an HM. The tips of his fins also look redder than usual.
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? He's gasping a little and he looks stressed out
When did you start noticing the symptoms? Maybe 20 mins ago
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? I scooped him out and am housing him in a cup. I added a little more StressCoat.
Does your fish have any history of being ill? I've only had him for a week or so, so not as far as I know.
How old is your fish (approximately)? A little more than four months, if the fish store I bought him from is correct.