Yesterday, Turbo's fins seemed fine.. There was one that looked a tad "crooked", and the other one had looked the same it had always been. This morning, he looked fine when I turned on his light and told him good morning. Tonight, I went into my room, and his fins look VERY different. o.o It's so drastic that it looks like he morphed into a crowntail!! He's still swimming around and flaring. I noticed him breathing heavily the other day, but he was still active, and I thought it was the stress of the water change. He's breathing normally now. His fins are just very, VERY different. Sometimes, when he swims, his caudal fin isn't spread out now. =[ Sometimes, it is.. What's happened to my betta????? Please, help! :(
Hi Comet, Any way you can post a picture? There are a lot of folks who can help diagnose the issue, but it's hard to imagine what you're describing. Also, under "Betta Fish Diseases and Emergencies" (the same place where you posted this thread) there's a form you should fill out. It asks genereal questions ie. tank size, food type, etc. You can cut and paste it into your post. This will really help!
What size is your tank? Ten gallons; about eight gallons with decorations and substrate.
What temperature is your tank? Eighty-two degrees.
Does your tank have a filter? Yes.
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? Occasionally; I only turn it on sometimes.
Is your tank heated? Yes.
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? No other fish/creatures.
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? TetraMin Tropical Granules.
How often do you feed your betta fish? Usually, twice a day, a few granules each time. I haven't fed him today, because I thought i'd give him a day to "digest".
How often do you perform a water change? About once a week.
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? About 25%.
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Water conditioner.
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
Ammonia: Last time I checked, it was between 0 and .25..
pH: 7.6, I believe.
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? His fins seem almost like a mutated crowntail's.. I previously believed he was a round-tailed betta... Now, they all seem ripped.
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? I've not really noticed any behavioral changes in him..
When did you start noticing the symptoms? Tonight; just minutes ago.
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? No; I wasn't sure how to proceed.
Does your fish have any history of being ill? Not that I'm aware of.
How old is your fish (approximately)? I'm not exactly sure.. He's still rather small; maybe between six months and a year?
I'm currently trying to get some pictures.. He's still moving pretty quickly, so it's really hard to get a clear shot of him with my cell phone.
Here are some of the pictures that I was able to get... I know; they're not the best. :( Sorry..
In one, you can see how he clamps his caudal fin sometimes.. Not often, but occasionally.
In the other ones, you may be able to see his caudal fin better in the reflection on his tank...
I did my best. =[ I hope these help!!