I brought home a new fish from Petco today. She's in a 1.75 gallon Petco pet keeper until I can set up and cycle my 10 gallon tank. I only have a cheap Hydor slim heater to use for now though. It's supposed to keep the water about 10 degrees warmer than room temp, and since my house is 62 degrees, 74 is pretty good. I wish it could be about 6 degrees higher though.
But anyways, she was doing fine at first but she's started darting around. Her fins are clamped- but most of the fish at the store had clamped fins because they were stressed. She has black dots on her body, which I had thought were just part of her color, but now I'm wondering if they're parasites.
She's in clean, conditioned water and I added some aquarium salt before she started darting just to help with the stress.
What size is your tank? 1.75 gallons
What temperature is your tank? 74 degrees
Does your tank have a filter? No
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? No
Is your tank heated? Yes
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? None
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? I haven't fed her yet. I gave her an Aqueon pellet, which she spit out. But in my experience, it's normal that new fish don't eat right away.
How often do you feed your betta fish? N/A
How often do you perform a water change? I just added her to the tank tonight with clean water
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? It was 100% (completely new water)
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Seachem Prime- I do have some Stress Coat I can try.
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?Not yet- I'm getting a water testing kit tomorrow since I'm going to cycle my other tank too.
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? Clamped fins (maybe just from being in the pet store) and black spots on her body (also possibly just her color)
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? Darting
When did you start noticing the symptoms? Tonight
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? I've just added some aquarium salt since I figured the clamped fins were from stress from being in a cup/at Petco
Does your fish have any history of being ill? N/A
How old is your fish (approximately)? Under a year. I don't know too much about younger bettas. She's not a baby, but she's pretty small. So maybe 4-6 months?