Hello everyone! My name is Tiffany and for about a year my brother has rescued a betta from his fourth grade classroom. His betta Ishmael used to live in a tiny cramped cup where lots of kids would stick their fingers in and shake his container.
We placed him in a larger bowl, added gravel and a small plant. However we didn't know any better and after coming to this site I realize we haven't been taking very good care of him.
Ishmael lives in a bowl containing a little under one gallon of water. His plant is hard plastic, and 100% water changes were done once a week.
Although he was much happier with the new room and making bubble nests before he has gotten very sick.
We believe he has fin rot due to ripping his fins against the hard plastic plant. He currently looks like this.
Pardon for the low quality photo. I don't have a camera and used my cell phone.
My room (and his when I'm away at college) tends to be on the cold side so the temperature fluctuates a lot. Our mother thinks we're over reacting and refuses to get a heater or a larger tank for the poor guy, so I decided to step in and order a heater and a new tank for my brother.
I personally want to know how bad he looks and what we can do to help Ishmael feel comfortable in the mean time while I order a larger tank and cycle it. Does he look very sick? What can we do to help him get better? Thanks. :(
EDIT: I just read the sticky so here are the questions I answered.
What size is your tank? 0.8 gallon
What temperature is your tank? We don't own a thermometer but it's definatley cold.
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 has no tank mates
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Betta Min flakes
How often do you feed your betta fish? Once a day
How often do you perform a water change? Once a week
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 100%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Betta Min conditioner
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
We haven't tested our water since we don't have a test kit. I will remedy this situation soon.
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? Although his color has improved since we got him and his fins have healed they started to tear after we added his plant.
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? He used to blow lots of bubbles and swim towards the surface but now he's very still and slow. Ocassionally he swims towards the bottom and twitches but that's infrequent.
When did you start noticing the symptoms? About a week ago
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? We made frequent water changes.
Does your fish have any history of being ill? He was already very sick when we got him. His color was very very pale and his fins were much more tattered.
How old is your fish (approximately)? He's about 3 years old.