Poor Basil's been having a rough time with his tail. I'm a first time Betta owner and nothing seems to be working. Please help?
I don't have access to a pet store at the moment, so I have to buy any fish supplies online and have them shipped. (Unless they can be bought at a Walmart)
What size is your tank?
What temperature is your tank?
73 degrees Fahrenheit
Does your tank have a filter?
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration?
Is your tank heated?
No. My room is very warm, so the tank over heats with the heater on. I do have one though.
What tank mates does your betta fish live with?
What type of food do you feed your betta fish?
TetraBetta plus pellets
How often do you feed your betta fish?
3-4 pellets every morning.
How often do you perform a water change?
Every other day
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change?
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change?
Aqueon BettaBowl Plus water conditioner/dechlorinator and at the moment 1 teaspoon of API Aquarium Salt.
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
Haven't tested the water.
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed?
About 3 1/2 weeks ago I noticed black around the edge of his fin. A few days later I noticed holes in his fins. I began treating with 1/2 teaspoon per gallon of aqaurium salt assuming it was fin rot. For the next two weeks his tail would remain black around the edges. Every few days new hole would appear. Last week I upped the aquarium salt to 1 teaspoon per gallon. Today the back of his tail is completely frayed.
How has your betta fish's behavior changed?
It hasn't changed at all. He's very lively.
When did you start noticing the symptoms?
3 1/2 weeks ago.
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how?
I started with aquarium salt. First 1/2 teaspoon and 1 teaspoon for the past week.
Does your fish have any history of being ill?
Not that I know of.
How old is your fish (approximately)?
Bought him from petsmart 4 weeks ago, not sure how old that makes him.
I'll see if I can get a photo of the tail this afternoon. I can't get him to sit still long enough to take one!