What size is your tank?
What temperature is your tank?
Does your tank have a filter?
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration?
Is your tank heated?
Yes, during the winter. Not during the summer or other warmer months.
What tank mates does your betta fish live with?
What type of food do you feed your betta fish?
Standard Betta feed from Walmart.
How often do you feed your betta fish?
Twice. Once in the morning, once in the evening.
How often do you perform a water change?
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change?
All of it.
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change?
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
Carlos has always been a perfectly healthy Betta, we have never done any kind of testing on his water.
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed?
Carlos has white spots on his head and his eyes and he is not nearly as fantastic in color as he used to be. His poor fins look shredded, his large back fin also has holes in it.
How has your betta fish's behavior changed?
He has been laying on the bottom of the tank, often on his side. At first, he would dart up for air every now and then and just randomly swim around frantically before once again laying down on his side. He has not been eating, either. Carlos is usually very social and often came out to see us and show off how beautiful he is.
When did you start noticing the symptoms?
About two weeks ago, starting out as just odd behavior but continued to get worse and worse as time went on.
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how?
No, I don't have a clue what to start with...
Does your fish have any history of being ill?
Not at all. He always made us laugh by being a lazy Betta, it wasn't unusual for him to lay down on the bottom of the tank. But as soon as he saw us, he would swim up and all around, happy and healthy.
How old is your fish (approximately)?
We have had Carlos for 1.5 years.
I have included some photos to help figure out what is wrong with our Carlos. The first 3 are of him in his tank. I realize the rocks are dirty and were in need of a change. We have since thrown them all away and cleaned his tank out. We also threw out all his current decor, fearing they might be harboring bacteria and access algae. We plan to buy all new for Carlos in the hopes that a fresh environment will help him recover. We have had this Betta for a year and a half and he has always been happy and healthy, never had a single problem with him. His good health and fun attitude led us to get another Betta (who is in his own seperate 5 gallon tank!). We are so sad to see Carlos suffering and just want to help him get better. He has been hanging on for days now. Sometimes we look for him and just hope that maybe he had already passed away so that his suffering would be ended, but he is always still alive. Please help us figure out what is wrong with our Betta. Thank you!
In these photos, it is hard to see the white spots I described above. He just looks pitiful. In the last photo, you can really see his split fins. He is not a crown tail Betta, just a standard. He should not have those splits... The fins do not appear to have anything on him, they just look... broken.