Hello, it has been a long time since I've posted here.
I have been noticing for a while and wondering why Pontos's fins (mainly the tail, maybe the others a little bit) seems to have shrunk. Could this be fin rot? He looks otherwise healthy and not significantly different from before, except the size of his fins. He is not behaving differently either.
What size is your tank? 2 or 3 gallons, i think.
What temperature is your tank? unfortunately, still no heater, though I am thinking of buying one now that I have been working for a while.
Does your tank have a filter? no
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? no
Is your tank heated? no
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? he's alone
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? the round pellets
How often do you feed your betta fish? 4 a day, usually all in the evening.
How often do you perform a water change? sigh. used to twice a week. now it's more like once a week at best. I know I need to improve this. I think I will try to go back to making it a routine twice a week.
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 50-75% typically
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? I'm pretty sure it's a dechlorinator (i'm not at home to look at it right now) it calls for like 2 drops per gallon. Sometimes i don't add it if the water's been sitting out long enough for the chlorine to have evaporated away.
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
I don't have testing equipment.
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? fins (mainly tail) smaller
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? nope
When did you start noticing the symptoms? maybe a month or two ago when it was very slight.
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? no
Does your fish have any history of being ill? no
How old is your fish (approximately)? Was a year in late November 2011.
So, like I said, I know I have to make a couple improvements already:
Need to get back to changing the water more regularly
Should try to get a small heater for this tank. (about heaters- my other tank is only one gallon. do they make heaters small enough for that? oh, and these are both plastic tanks.)
Should I get something else to put in the water or feed him to help the fin problem, or might it just grow back if I improve my general habits?
Thank you for your patience!