What size is your tank? 6.6 gallons
What temperature is your tank? now 78, was 80
Does your tank have a filter? yes & it is cycled
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? none
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? NLS Thera A, NLS Betta Bites, FRozen Bloodworms
How often do you feed your betta fish? 2x daily
How often do you perform a water change? every 3-5 days, remove poop every day by turkey baster
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 30-50% depending upon readings
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? prime & attison's betta spa - an indian almond extract
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
Hardness: kh - 4 drops, gh - 5 drops
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? Opaque white patches are appearing on the body only, they are almost invisible like the skin under the dragon scales is just white instead of red but still shiny and flat but then when viewed at a certain angle you can see they are not as shiny and opaque.
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? It hasn't, he still eats like a pig, is very very active (thus the bad pics) and interactive.
When did you start noticing the symptoms? 2.5 weeks ago.
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? I thought it was Costias and treated with salt, copper sulfate and turning up the heat to 88F. The patches did not go away and I began to think they were his coloring changing, until I saw the columnaris post. So far I have put copper sulfate in (it's the only thing I have that might address columnaris right now) and lowered the temp to 78
Does your fish have any history of being ill? He has a history of tailbiting and currently is in a state where it is growing back with clear areas filling in. He also had a bad case of skin flukes when I recieved him, that ended in lesions on his body. At first I thought the color change was healing lesions. He also may have had some ammonia burns from transit from Thailand
How old is your fish (approximately)? around 6-7 months
I thought I would add, that although his ammonia, nitrite and nitrate levels have always been ideal, I have made some grave errors with ph while I have had him. I have gone back and forth between trying to acclimate him to my tap - a very high ph of 8.0, and now working back down to a 1/2 RO, 1/2 tap formula of about 7.2-7.4 because his tailbiting seems to lessen at a lower ph.
Tailbiting usually occurs during these adjustment times, although I try to make sure to not raise or lower it too quickly, the slow off gassing of the tap has fooled me a couple of times into thinking I was adjusting it slower than I actually was (aiming for a gradual .1 to .2 adjustment, when it would be at times a .4 adjustment in a 24 hour period
) . I am concerned that this stress brought on disease.
I understand that if it is columnaris I need to act fast and break down the whole tank. But before giving up on my cycled planted tank and a stable life for him, i want to be sure of the disease. I am also very concerned about cross contamination to other tanks.
I apologise for the pics. He is the most active betta I have ever had.
Thanks for looking and I appreciate any response.