[*]Test Results for the Following:[*]Ammonia Level? 0
[*]Nitrite Level? 0
[*]Nitrate level? 10
[*]Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)? 7.5
[*]Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)? 7.5
[*]Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? Nutrafin drops, except the ammonia test which was API drops
[*]Water temperature? 28/82
[*]Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? About 7 gals, have cycled it over the past few weeks and the betta went in on tuesday.
[*]What is the name and size of the filter(s)? Interpet mini filter, runs 200lph but it's baffled
[*]How often do you change the water and how much? Haven't yet as my betta has only just got here, but planned to to weekly of about 40%
[*]How many fish in the tank and their size? 1 small betta
[*]What kind of water additives or conditioners? Amquel plus
[*]What do you feed your fish and how often? Hikari betta bio gold, twice a day, 2 pellets a time soaked
[*]Any new fish added to the tank? Just this little guy
[*]Any medications added to the tank? Nope
[*]Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? Looks like he has grains of salt sprinkled over his body and fins. At first I thought they were bubbles, but they're not disappearing.
[*]Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? Nope
I'd reserved this little guy at the lfs last week, and kept popping in to check on him before buying him. All seemed well, so I bought him home on tuesday. Now, I have very little experience with bettas, but he looks pretty happy - swimming about, quite inquisitive, always coming up to look at me. He gets very excited at dinner time and gobbles up his food quickly.
Occasionally I've seen him swim quite quickly, almost wiggling. I don't know if this is a sign of irritation, or if that's just normal behaviour. He looks pretty happy, but I don't want this to get worse!
I will try my best to get a pic.. but I've only got a rubbish digital camera so getting a picture that you can actually see the spots in might be tricky! I've googled ich on bettas and it does look kinda like this:
But nowhere near as extreme as that!
I've turned up the heat 1 degree (from 27 to 28) and I've got some salt on hand if needed. But I have no idea whether this is ich or how to treat for it .. and meds in the UK are a bit tricky to get hold of..!
Any advice would be great! Thanks!