I believe Nami has fin rot, but I'm not 100% sure how far along it is so I'm hoping you can help me determine the best route of action.
What size is your tank? 2.5 Gallons
What temperature is your tank? 75-80 degrees
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? Aqueon Betta Food Pellets. Two in the morning, two at night.
How often do you feed your betta fish? Two pellets in the morning, two at night.
How often do you perform a water change? Once a week full water change. I used to do 50% water change halfway through the week but I've been extremely busy lately. I will be doing it daily now.
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 100% once a week and used to be 50% halfway through the week. Now it's 100% daily.
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? I used to use Aqueon Betta Bowl Plus, now I use API Stress Coat+. I also started adding API AQ salt. 2.5 tsp because it's a 2.5 Gal tank.
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters? Never Done
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? Tail fins are deteriorating bit by bit each day. I originally thought he was getting it caught in something so I was watching him like a hawk and then one day last week I saw a little peace just drop off and realized I need to look up here to see what's going on.
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? He seems to be just swimming around. He seems to be a little more skittish, but I'm not 100% sure.
When did you start noticing the symptoms? I few weeks ago, but I thought he was getting caught in the filter or something, so I didn't actually start doing anything until today.
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? Yes, today with 1 tsp/gal of salt (so I used 2.5 tsp). I'm not sure if I should have used more because I'm not sure how to tell how far along he is. I bought API Fungus Cure and API Tetracycline but I haven't used either because I wasn't sure if I should yet or not.
Does your fish have any history of being ill? Not that I know of.
How old is your fish (approximately)? I had Nami him for about 3 months but I'm not sure how old he was when I got him.
So I guess my questions are:
1. How do I know if this is more advanced Tail/Fin Rot? How do I know when it is on his body? He still has some tail fin left but it looks like one section broke away and there's not a whole lot left.
2. Should I use more than 1 tsp/gal of AQ Salt now? Should I start using either the Fungus Cure or Tetracycline now? Can I use both the salt and one of the medicines at the same time?
3. The Stress Coat+ I bought is a little confusing. Last week I bought a little 30mL bottle and it says 2 tsp(10mL) per 10 Gal tank, which would mean that I use 1/2 tsp. Today I bought a big bottle (473 mL) and it says 5mL per 10 Gal tank, which would mean I use 1/4 tsp. Then it says on the big bottle to "double the dose to replace slime coat and to repair damaged sin and fins". I'm a little confused, how much to I use?
Thanks for your help and I'll try to take a picture of my little fella and post it.
Thanks in advance,