What size is your tank? 1.5G
What temperature is your tank? 76-80 F
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? Aqua Culture betta pellets
How often do you feed your betta fish? 2-3 pellets twice a day
How often do you perform a water change? 100% once a week, partial changes every few days as needed.
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? None (I use filtered water)
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters? ...not recently. Probably should.
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? Pale fuzz on his body
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? More lethargic than usual
When did you start noticing the symptoms? Yesterday
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? No.
Does your fish have any history of being ill? Yes.
How old is your fish (approximately)? 2 months
All right, so I noticed the other day that my betta was having swim bladder problems again. I started fasting him yesterday, but when I was checking up on him I noticed that he has a weird, pale fuzz on his body. It doesn't look like Ick--not grain-like, more fuzzy--but isn't as widespread as the pictures I've seen of fungal infections. His fins seem to be doing okay, but it's hard to tell since he's still recovering from swim bladder issues/constipation.
He's had swim bladder/constipation problems before, which I handled with fasting (didn't have to use a pea, he recovered on his own) but I've never seen the fuzz before. I did let his bowl get kind of dirty this month (shame on me) so I'm wondering if it's fungus from the water getting worse than usual.
I don't want to start treatment until I'm sure what's going on, since it would be silly and potentially harmful to treat him for fungus if he's got Ick, and vice-versa. Just based on the picture, it looks kind of like other photos of Ick I saw from Googling, but it definitely looks fuzzy up close, which makes me think it's fungus of some kind. Some confirmation from you guys would be extremely helpful before I start treatment.
(This is my third betta, so I'm not a total newbie, but this is the first time I've encountered anything other than the usual swim bladder problems, so I'm unsure how to proceed.)