I've got a little bit of a problem with my little buddy and I am running out of options on what to do. So, I have decided to ask for a little bit of an advice before anything gets serious and my fish dies. He's a beautiful little fish and I'm a bit sad that his fins are suffering. Don't mind the ****ty condition of the tanks. It's under repair and he's bloated cause uh, i just fed him. Wuz starting to chomp at the plants.
What size is your tank?
4.2 gallons (16 litres)
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?
No exactly, but is regulated by a lamp. It is currently summer so his temperature rarely fluctuates dramatically. On chillier nights I turn on the lamp and it seems to keep the temperature rather level.
What tank mates does your betta fish live with?
None. However, we were thinking of putting some neon tetras in. How many do you suggest if any at all? When he gets better ofcourse.
What type of food do you feed your betta fish?
Frozen Bloodworms, he loves them.
How often do you feed your betta fish?
2-3 little ones. He's only a tiny tacker. I watch his stomach so I tend to stop before he gets bloated.
How often do you perform a water change?
Every 5 days.
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change?
25-50% depending on how his water looks.
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change?
Algae control,Water Ager and recently (suggested by the pet store ladies) BettaFix.
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
Just the Ph level.
SYMPTOMS AND TREATMENT
How has your betta fish's appearance changed?
Tips of his tail and dorsal fin has gone black and started to look a little limp. But its only his dorsal and tail, everything else is fine. His tail looks a shorter like he has chewed on it or bits have fallen off. Kind of stumpy. At one point he had new fins growing and they just disappeared. There is a bright blue stripe on his anal fin that appeared after the symptoms occurred.
How has your betta fish's behavior changed?
Nothing has changed in his behavior, still active still eating regularly. Quite greedy if anything. He regularly blows bubbles. (I find them floating on top of his water) So I'll be assuming that he's happy? Don't they do that when ready to mate/content?
When did you start noticing the symptoms?
Approximately two-three weeks after getting him.
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how?
I have looked up for numerous resources and have seen the same thing. Regular water changes as stated above. I have also spoken to a number of staff at pet(fish) shops and they have said the same thing as well. They have told me to put the required amount of BettaFix in his tank daily and I have done so. There was some improvement for but he started to deteriorate after a while. So I lowered the dosage. I have recently put in some new plants as well to help with oxygen and he is extremely happy with them and uses them
Does your fish have any history of being ill?
No, this is the first time.
How old is your fish (approximately)?
I am not sure. He's a small fish, no more than 1inch in length from nose to tail. I have had him for two months now.