Happy Holidays!! Guess what my pink VT gave me? I'm thinking fin rot, but I wanted to run it past everyone here first because there seem to be other complications. First let me fill out the sticky:
What size is your tank? Divided 10 gal
What temperature is your tank? 78F
Does your tank have a filter? Bubble filter
Is your tank heated? Yes
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? Snails, male on other side of divider, live plants
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Hikaru Bio-gold
How often do you feed your betta fish? 2 pellets twice daily
How often do you perform a water change? 1x per week on Sunday
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 20%-30%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Prime
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters? Last testing was as follows (haven't been able to test for about a week due to traveling)
Hardness: on the softer side
Alkalinity: low-ish (City water is on the soft side but not overly so; I also have driftwood in the tank)
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? See picture for fin degradation
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? Nope still as mean as Scrooge
When did you start noticing the symptoms? Today when I got back from traveling
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? No treatment, but I have quarantined him
Does your fish have any history of being ill? Nope; always been healthy as an ox
How old is your fish (approximately)? Just under a year maybe; bought him in early summer
I'm attaching the best picture I have of his fin. I'll do my best to describe it. His anal fin appears to be losing color and breaking away at the front tip. Where I can see the damaged fin ripping from the healthy fin it is red. I think the dead fin might be rotting because I see white cottony growth on it. I do have sedative that I can knock him out with if I need to remove any tissue.
Due to the holiday the only thing I will have access to for the next few days is aquarium salt.
I'm sorry if I missed anything. Not only is my fish sick, but my boyfriend is recovering from reconstructive surgery. I'm a bit of a basketcase right now. Thanks in advance for the help!