Please help! I was gone Sat thru today, fed Keller as normal (2x per day) sat, had to skip sunday, someone else fed him once on mon, had to skip tues, home now... And Keller has horrible fin rot (I think)-his fins are all noticibly frayed, with a chunk missing!
He does not know he is terribly sick and worrying me horribly, as he has been doing his wiggle dance and chasing my finger ever since I got home.
I have done a 100% water change immediately, and treated with one dose of tetracycline.
1. Does fin rot come on this quickly? Another cause I guess could be self-biting- I've not seen him exhibit this behavior but he is extremely active so potentially I guess he could have been bored in my absence and torn himself-How can I tell the difference?
2. Any thoughts on antibiotic of choice (tetracycline, erythro, etc)- What are people's experience with salt in water? I'm afraid to go with conservative treatment at this point since it seemed to progress so quickly-
3. Hoping for the best, how soon should I expect to see some improvement, assuming I treat him aggressively?
see info below:
What size is your tank? 10gal
What temperature is your tank? 78-80 with a heater
Does your tank have a filter? yes
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? freeze dried blood worms, frozen brine shrimp, and bettaMin flakes- he will not do pellets
How often do you feed your betta fish? 1-2x/day with a fasting day, but see above schedule for recent while i was gone
How often do you perform a water change? 25% every 5-7 days
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? water conditioner, can't remember type
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
yes but only with strips
Ammonia: old water was b/t safe and stress
Nitrite: new is safe, couldnt test old
Nitrate: same as above
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? yes, ripped up fins but no redness or streaking or white spots
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? hasn't
When did you start noticing the symptoms? today
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? yes, see above
Does your fish have any history of being ill? no, except probably a litte fin rot when i rescued him from pet superstore
How old is your fish (approximately)? not sure- had for 4 months