Hello fellow betta lovers!
My betta (Kai) has had fin rot almost ever since I got him 5 months ago. I have treated him with salt treatment a few times and this seems to help but once the fins start growing in they get a thin black edge on them and then shred away. I also think Kai might be a tail biter because sometimes I think they are getting better and then I wake up in the morning with a big chunk missing.
His 5 gallon tank has a glass bottom with a few rocks and 1 large silk plant that he likes to swim through. He also has a coffee mug to give him a hidey hole.
I more thing. I am going away on holidays in 1 week (for 12 days) so a friend will be taking care of Kai and I can't ask her to do intensive water changes (she will do 1 or 2) but want to prevent the fin rot from taking over while I am gone.
Should I try tetracycline? Should I try putting a filter in the tank? (I have a small filter but when I first got him he didn't seem to like it). I also have a cycled tank (10 gallong, 6 gold zebra fish) in the house so I could put the sponge from the cycled tank into my betta tank to get a quick cycle going.
What size is your tank? 5 gallons
What temperature is your tank? 80F (though during the winter the tank temp was lower, about 75F, because that is the warmest I could keep a consistent temp because our house drops to 60F overnight and the thermometer couldn't keep up)
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? non
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? betta pellets (Betta Banquet)
How often do you feed your betta fish? 2 pellets in morning, 2 in evening
How often do you perform a water change? min 1x50% and 1x100% each week. With the 100% change I wash down everything in the tank with hot water and wipe walls of tank with Kleenex. I have tried doing more frequent water changes but I just don't have the time to keep doing this consistently.
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? see above
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? API+ stress coat/water conditioner (I bought this about 2 weeks ago, before that I was using a different brand but I heard this is better)
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? shredded fins getting shorter all the time, sometimes clear regrowth but it doesn't last long (1 week?) before it thins out and shreds off
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? none, happy, swimmy guy
When did you start noticing the symptoms? ongoing problem for 4 months
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? currently in salt water, 1 teaspoon/gallon. I do this for 10 days. THis is the 4th time I have done this. (I always wait a few weeks in between treatments)
Does your fish have any history of being ill? only fin rot
How old is your fish (approximately)? got him 5 months ago