I am in the Navy and my ship just recently got back from deployment to the middle east. While we were gone one of my shipmates had a civilian friend watching her house.
When we got back we found a Betta fish in her bathroom in disgusting water. Murky, algae looking slimy crap that smelled terrible. It was bad. My friend is terrified of fish so I offered to take the fish. He's a little red thing that starts out black and fades to his fins. I've named him King Neptune.
His fins have always drooped and he never flares them I guess is the term. There are shiny scales around his head, specifically the underside of the mouth and on the gills and recently I've noticed that there seems to be a clear film coming off of him.
I'm very new to the aquarium keeper business and while I love animals of all kinds and don't want to see them suffer I'm wondering if I've gotten in over my head. I've been reading about the different diseases that Betta seem prone to and am wondering if I should be concerned about King Neptune.
He was a little lethargic when I first got him to my room, but since turning on a light next to his tank that produces heat he has livened up. Heater has been purchased and should be arriving within the week.
No issues with eating food... except I might be feeding him too much... I try for four to five pellets twice a day... and a few more when I get off of duty and a feeding has been missed. IE: instead of four or five its six or seven. In fact my little Neptune seems to beg for food swimming about the tank quickly when ever I approach it.
No noticeable scratching or rubbing against the fake plant life.
He does lounge on top of the betta hammock suction cup though, but that could just be a peculiarity.
I'm going to try and upload a picture, the little white dots are air bubbles on the side of the bowl not actually on Neptune if it loads.
If anyone can shed some light I'd be thankful, I'd like to keep Neptune alive if at all possible...