Our old male, Gorton, is having some issues. He had a small patch of fin rot on the tip of his tail about a month ago, which a treated by dong a 50% water change with stresscoat each day, and a mild aquarium salt dose (about 1/2 a teaspoon per gallon). He has extremely brittle fins, causing them to flake off at the ends, which left a prime spot for rot to set in =/ The rot healed in about a week, but ever since then he's been going down hill a bit. He's become pretty lethargic, and I've noticed that the scales on his back have become raised. I've also noticed that he seems to be having some bouyancy issues, when he swims he sort of tilts to the side. Could this be illness or injury, or just old age?? He will be around 4 years old in the spring.
What size is your tank? 2.5 gallons
What temperature is your tank? mid to high 70's
Does your tank have a filter? no
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? no
Is your tank heated? Not yet, I'm working on getting heaters for my fish but have had some personal issues in my family and haven't been able to get out to the store just yet. I've been able to go twice, and both times they were out of heaters for this tank size -_- But for now I think he's fine. He's in the kitchen, which is the warmest room in our house as it is directly above the furnace, and his tank is against the wall opposite the laundry room, which is a very hot room at all times.
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? none
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? top fin betta bits, he won't touch anything else
How often do you feed your betta fish? he is my mom's fish, and she feeds him twice daily, 3 pellets each time. she's cut back on his food a bit since the bouyancy issue started, but it's persisting regardless. His appetite has been good through all of this.
How often do you perform a water change? twice weekly
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? one 50%, one 100%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Stresscoat
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? The scales on his back are raised, and he appears a bit pale. I think he also appears a bit thinner than normal.
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? He's been more lethargic than usual, and he's been swimming on his side a little bit. He's also hiding alot.
When did you start noticing the symptoms? I've been noticing the lethargy for about the last 3 weeks or so, but I just noticed the raised scales in the last week.
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? no treatment other than stresscoat, I'm just not sure what to do for the poor fella.
Does your fish have any history of being ill? Yes, he has had some SBD and constipation issues in the past, and he has a hard time swimming due to a hunch in his back. He also had a case of pop-eye about two years ago.
How old is your fish (approximately)? We got him in April of 2009, and I'm pretty sure he was already nearly a year old by then. I am almost positive that he's pushing 4 years old.
Thank you so much for any help you can provide!!! I know he's very old and will most likely pass away soon, but I just want to be sure that I do everything that is in my power to keep him comfy in his old age.