What size is your tank? 10 gallon
What temperature is your tank? 79 degrees
Does your tank have a filter? No
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? Yes aerated cave
Is your tank heated? Yes Top Fin 50 Watt
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? None
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Betta Min & Top Fin Freeze Dried Bloodworms as an occasional treat
How often do you feed your betta fish? 1 time a day with 1 day fasting.
How often do you perform a water change? Every week
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? At least 30%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Aqueon Betta Bowl (I fill it using old distilled water jugs and add the de-chlorinator to each jug before it goes in the tank.)
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
pH: 7.2ish (although he is used to 7.6ish I speculate it could be the new aeration rock)
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed?
Dinq has been tail biting lately and just recently had a water change. His upper fins I speculate were damaged due to a plastic plant which was removed from him tank. His back tail was split lately, but doesn't show any signs of fin rot, just him chomping it. I'm sure it was due to stress. He is obsessed with himself and was constantly seeing his reflection in the tank no matter what. Most of the time I had to leave lights off because he was constantly flaring more and more. So, he also just got a new cling on background yesterday and now cannot see himself at all. He also has no more new bites in his tail, so I think we solved that problem, but now, he's acting very strange. My husband thinks i'm crazy, but he's just not being himself.
He's very sluggish when before he was constantly zooming around his tank (he's a glass surfer). He keeps on parking himself in the corners and just sits there at the top and stares. He also has been making a habit of nose diving into this plant and getting stuck upside down, but making no effort to move for at least 5-10 seconds. He used to never bother much with his rock cave, but I found him swimming in there earlier at the bottom just sitting there, which is weird for him because he's ALWAYS swimming unless he's sleeping, which he usually slept behind the cave near the heater and his precious bubbles. I also noticed since he's not flaring he isn't as poofy, but he usually had a little more fluffiness when he was swimming around. His fins aren't clamped, just sad.
I also noticed that his gill area seems whiter than usual. He's always had a whiteness under his gill area and always had white patchiness to his head, which are his freckles. But, this seems to be more wide spread than it normally has been. I was thinking MAYBE columnaris/flex? I don't want to treat if I don't have to.
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? See above. kinda summed it up.
When did you start noticing the symptoms?
Yesterday. He recently had a 75% water change due to nitrates/nitrites being up a little. He has been spitting food and I think he does it just so I can't fish out the ones he doesn't eat, but this has been a lot lately. I also read about gill problems somewhere and yawning. I didn't think much of it, but he yawns frequently, however, he doesn't have any nitrate/ite or ammonia problems.
I wasn't sure if he was okay last night, so I also did another 20% water change, since i did just recently also install a new heater in his tank to keep him a little warmer. His other tank was only holding the tank at 76 degrees and was pre-set.
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? I haven't treated him yet. The only thing I have added to the water is aquarium salt. To help regenerate the fins he nommed off.
Does your fish have any history of being ill? No. He's always been happy and perky.
How old is your fish (approximately)?Not sure. He's fully mature. I'm speculating that he could be older. I've had him since January 16th of this year. So I haven't owned him long.
He's my prized possession and the only pet I have. He's been there for me through a good portion of my husband's final school for Nukes and I would probably be so heartbroken if something happened to him.
I will try to post pictures of the whiteness I am referring to. Any input would be fantastic. Thanks in advance!