My daughter who is 8, used her birthday money to buy an aquarium and betta. She ended up buying 2 females and for the first couple of weeks, things were great. Then the blue betta stopped eating much and about 2 weeks later, she died. Our red betta (the one I am writing about) still seems very active and eats well. No changes in behavior. But a few weeks ago, we noticed that she had a white spot on her head (see pics). We assumed it was a fungus and treated it as such (twice) but the white spot continues to slowly grow. It is smooth and seems to have scales so it doesn't look like the pics I have seen of a fungus. Overall, her color has also faded quite a bit. We started adding aquarium salt about a week ago with our water changes. My daugher is very worried about her fish, but I can't find any ailment that seems to match what is happening with the little thing. Any ideas would be appreciated. Maybe we should have started with goldfish - we are very new to aquariums and raising fish.
What size is your tank? 2 gallon
What temperature is your tank? about 72 degrees
Does your tank have a filter? no
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? Yes, but we have turned it off - seems to keep the fish from being able to swim???
Is your tank heated? No
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? None - we had a second female betta that quit eating and died about a month ago...
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Top Fin Color Enhancing Betta bits
How often do you feed your betta fish? Twice a day, but we realized she is probably fat so will go to once a day
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? Aquarium salt (we just started adding this about a week ago) and Jungle brand Start Right
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? She has a white spot that has started on the top of her head/neck area (do fish have necks - LOL?) It's not fuzzy or cottony - looks like the rest of her scales but without color. Overall, her color is fading too. She was a much darker red when be bought her (only about 2 1/2 months ago)
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? Nope, she has lots of energy and eats like a pig
When did you start noticing the symptoms? about 3-4 weeks ago - white spot keeps getting larger despite treatment for a variety of ailments (ich, velvet, fungus)
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? Have done 2 rounds of treatment with Jungle brand Lifeguard - no noticable change
Does your fish have any history of being ill? No
How old is your fish (approximately)? Bought her 2 1/2 months ago but who knows how old she is... Got her from PetSmart.