I got up this morning to find a "thing" hanging from my little guy (Merlin).
This thing is whiteish in colour, about the same diameter as a freeze dried bloodworm and attached to him from the gills / where his ventrals would be if he had any.
He only shares the tank with his snail, is fed on freeze dried blood works and aqua one pellets (wont eat anything else). Water changes once a week - this week as 100% done on friday. Usually its 80-100% done sundays. Water is aged with Prime and also has aquarium salt and IAL (1 small) added. Have been using the same batch of IAL for some weeks now.
Only major changes this week were that he was fed friday then not again til late sunday as I was away for a long weekend. Also - I fed him a tiny amount of beef mince yesterday - I read in a book that they can eat it.
This was taken this morning - about 07:30
This was taken this evening about 19:00
What size is your tank? approx 20L
What temperature is your tank? mid 20's C
Does your tank have a filter? internal
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? just the filter
Is your tank heated? yes
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? 1 x mystery snail
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? freeze dried commercial blood worms, aqua one pellets for betta. he had a "tiny" amount of human grade beef mince the other day (yesterday)
How often do you feed your betta fish? twice daily with one starve day per week
How often do you perform a water change? weekly
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? above 80 - this week was 100 + IAL was changed and plants (silk) and hide cup were rinsed in fast running tap water.
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? IAL as needed, Aquarium salt, water is aged with Prime
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
not done recently
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? Nil other than "hanging thing"
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? Nil
When did you start noticing the symptoms? this morning
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? No - seeking advice frist
Does your fish have any history of being ill? bad fin rot when first bought home
How old is your fish (approximately)? Spawned Feb 2011
OH MY GOD - I AM MORTIFIED - PLEASE HELP.