What size is your tank? 10 gallon (3-way divided)
What temperature is your tank? 77-80
Does your tank have a filter? Yes
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? No
Is your tank heated? Yes
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? Alone in his section, but shares water with 2 other betta
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Mostly pellets, occassional bloodworm
How often do you feed your betta fish? twice daily (3 pellets per meal)
How often do you perform a water change? It's a new tank, but I plan to do a weekly 25% and a monthly 80%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? AquaSafe conditioner
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? Fins completely clamped
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? Lethargic, resting on the bottom a lot
When did you start noticing the symptoms? This morning
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? No
Does your fish have any history of being ill? No
How old is your fish (approximately)? I've had him for about a month, he came from Petsmart; so adult but young
So I did a couple things last night that could have caused this. First, the middle section of the divided tank was having a lot of cloudiness, so I added a dose of Seachem Clarity - I don't usually like to just toss in chemicals, but I swear by Seachem. They are the best.
Due to the divided setup, though, it was having trouble doing the job, so I went ahead and turned my Fluval nano filter all the way up. Roland is in the section with the filter. When it is on low-flow it does not bother him, but high tosses him around a lot. I thought it would be allright for one night. This morning I awoke to a crystal clear tank... and a very clamped-up fish. I immediately shut the filter off so he can rest for the day.
This tank was only set up two days ago, but the fish have all been quite happy with the new arrangements. I realize that anything could be going on given the new tank syndrome, but the timing of Roland being just fine until I cranked up the filter and added Clarity seems to point to having stressed him out too much. I'm concerned as his symptoms could suggest Velvet, and given the natural coloring of both Roland and his neighbor Mitch, it would be near impossible to diagnose that. Roland is a metallic coppery-gold dragon, and Mitch has a lot of subtle metallic gold as well. I realize that stressing him out might allow an infection to take hold overnight, so I can't rule it out. Most of the books I have say medicating "in case" is a bad idea but at this point with all three of my beloved dragon plakats sharing a home I don't know what else to do.
I should also add that it is VERY likely he was exposed to something before he was moved into the new tank. Something
had happened in his Water Wonders the last couple days he was in it. I had put a new decoration in, and despite rinsing the hell out of it as I always do, within a few days the water had clouded up and a nasty stringy brownish whitish slimy... something
was all over in the tank. God knows what it was but I got him right out of there.
So I'm curious, do you guys think that the stress of the filter and new home and all that might have caused him to actually fall ill with something he was fending off (needing treatment), or are the symptoms a direct reaction to the stress (he just needs time to chill)?
It is pretty much impossible to say for sure whether the coppery and gold sheen is Velvet, since he has that as part of his coloration. He's truly an incredible fish in coloring. Full of surprises, with every turn catching the light with colors I didn't even see in him before.