I have had my betta boy since May, during that time between then and now I have gone from being a "betta in a vase" owner to a "my betta needs everything perfect including a 5 gallon tank" mother. So here's the stats I supose...
What size is your tank? 5 Gal
What temperature is your tank? 76-80
Does your tank have a filter? Yes
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? BioWheel
Is your tank heated? Yes
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? 1 Clown Pleco
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Betta Bites
How often do you feed your betta fish? twice a day (2 pellets each)
How often do you perform a water change? Once a week
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 40-50%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? half tablespoon of AQ Salt, Betta Water Conditioner, maybe some tetracycline if his fins are a little tattered.
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters? I have these new little plastic wheels that sit in the tank for a few months at a time and they are supose to keep a running check on the water for Ammonia and PH.
Ammonia: always Safe (>.02ppm)
pH: I think 6.6 (that wheel is always hard to read)
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? His fins are getting a rust red tint...
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? Not at all, always energetic and exploring his home.
When did you start noticing the symptoms? After I put driftwood in.
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? Water Changes
Does your fish have any history of being ill? previous fin biting and tearing on terrain.
How old is your fish (approximately)? Got him from Petco in May.
My idea is that his fins are turning from Black/ Silver to Black/ Red because of the new water tint. His environment consists of a hunk of natural driftwood and 3 Java Fern... a little ceramic bridge and pink gravel. But his fins started to change color after I put the driftwood in and the water got this auburn/ amber tint. With regular water changes the water color has subsided (totally harmless btw, it's just color) that natural (new) tint is always there. BUT I don't want this be some sort of Ammonia burn? that I have been reading about after I became alarmed. His gils are not red, so I have pushed that thought out... and I test for ammonia and it's never been a threat. Thoughtsss? (I attached 2 pictures, the second is of when I got him in May, and the first is from Today).