Q:What size is your tank?
Q:What temperature is your tank?
Q:Does your tank have a filter?
Q:Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration?
Q:Is your tank heated?
Q:What tank mates does your Betta fish live with?
Q:What type of food do you feed your Betta fish?
A diet if mainly Betta pellets, with live brine shrimp and crushed tropical flakes on occasion.
Q:How often do you feed your Betta fish?
1-2 times a day, with a 24hr fasting period once a week.
Q: How often do you perform a water change?
2 times a week. For the 2.5 it would be 2.3 times a week though.
Q:What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change?
50% usually and 100% every two weeks.
Q:What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change?
Aqua Safe and Jungle Start zyme.
Q:Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
Symptoms and Treatment
Q:How has your Betta fish's appearance changed?
Two to three days ago I moved him from my divided 10 gallon to his 2.5 gallon. I noticed when I moved him that the back of his anal fin was missing a small chunk out of it and it looked like he scratched the crap out of his left side. When I introduced him to the 2.5 gallon I noticed that he was rarely using his left pectoral fin, even though I couldn't see any damage to it.
While taking down the 10 gallon I found the remnants of his anal fin under a large rock he used to hide behind. I'm thinking he got stuck and scratched the crap out of himself and ripped his anal fin getting out.
Today I noticed that it's all white were he got all scratched up on his left side. He also has two tiny white cottony patches under his mouth. It doesn't seem to be spreading. Half of his anal fin is almost gone now and the fin rot seems to be starting on the bottom of his caudal fin. His left pectoral fin seems to be reduced to almost a nub. It's weird because his pectoral fin seemed fine last night. O_o
Q:How has your Betta fish's behavior changed?
He is normally very shy. At first he ran and hid in his tiny vase/cave when I introduced him to his tank. He's been kinda hanging out on the bottom, but this also may be due to just being re-homed in a new environment. He has stopped using his left pectoral fin since he was re-homed, even before it looked like he had any fin rot to it. Other than that he acts normal.
Q:When did you start noticing the symptoms?
2-3 days ago and new symptoms today as I've been keeping an eye on him.
Q:Have you started treating your fish? If so, how?
Yes. When I first noticed symptoms a few days ago he had a 100% water change with a new aquarium and I added a tiny bit Aquarium salt to his tank as a preventative. At that time I though it may just be due to having gotten stuck behind a rock.
Today when I noticed new symptoms that made me sure he at least has fin rot and possibly a fungal infection, I took him out of his tank. I placed him in a 1 gallon jar with fresh treated water and added 1 teaspoon of Aquarium salt. He seems a lot more active now and interested in his surroundings.
Q:Does your fish have any history of being ill?
Not really. He had one cause of fin rot in the past when a filter stopped working.
Q:How old is your fish (approximately)?
I would say maybe a year and a half old.
Even though it seems that his fin rot is becoming more advanced, I can't get him meds until this Thursday when I get my check as I just ran out last week. Long story short; I ran out of my meds because I was trying to make sure a different Betta of mine didn't have an infection, which he actually has swim bladder disorder and sinks. My question is if it still seems to advance more quickly would it be safe to up the salt to 2 teaspoons per gallon? Also, when looking for meds, is there a medication I can use that will treat both fungal infections and fin rot safely with a Plakat Betta? Also, is there anything else that I may be able to do for him aside from adding salt until I'm able to get medication if the salt doesn't seem to effect his condition?
When he was in the divided 10 gallon, it was also heated, filtered and had a type of aeration. The 2-times a week water change was for the ten gallon. 1-2 50% water changes once a week. A 100% one once a month as needed.