I am relatively new to the betta fish scene and I am sure enjoying my cool betta, Anthony. Except for a bloating scare when he ate Crusty, my RCS, everything has been moving along swimmingly (pardon the pun!). I still feel very badly about that incident and I was totally surprised when Anthony did him in because I had been watching the interaction like a hawk for a few days and Crusty was being totally ignored.
Anthony is a beautiful blue crown tail, bought him from PetSmart last September. He has tons of personality like most bettas and I have enjoyed watching him develop from a puny little cupped fish to a long finned spectacular looking fish.
He was living peacefully in his 16g NPT until I added some new plants approx 2 months ago. These plants came complete with numerous snails (RIP) and some kind of condition that covered the plants in brown material and eventually they died, despite my best pruning efforts. I ended up tearing 90% of them out. There is also brown algae (diatoms??) that sometimes grows on the tank glass. When I change the filter pad it is covered with this material.
I did a 100% water change on Sunday which involved removing Anthony and his tankmates, and imagine my horror when I spotted some sort of horrible fuzz growing on the ends of a few of his fins!! Looks like miniature cotton balls!! In my panicked researching through DarkMoon17's Betta Fish Disease and Treatment Part 1, I still cannot decide whether it is a fungus attack or fin/tail rot. I can't see any red streaking.
I stopped at PetSmart and bought some AQ salt tonight, will start with conservative treatment as recommended; just wondering if I could prevail upon more experienced fishkeepers for some advice and tips??
I do have a small fish tank .5g I can use for a temporary hospital tank until I can get a 1g tank. I understand I am to do 100% water changes every day. Does the hospital tank need to be filtered, and heated - can I just float it in my big tank, and would the 100% daily water changes account for the non filtration ?? I would need to put the cover on the .5g tank to ensure my cat Patches doesn't get too interested; what are the chances the .5g tank would somehow dislodge and fall to the bottom of the 16g tank and he would drown? Ever happen to anyone?
Thanking you all for any help you can give me regarding Anthony! I have grown quite fond of Anthony and his tankmates, Tic, Tac & Toe, and I am prepared to do anything to restore health. The corydoras are perfectly fine. I realize they are sensitive to salt so Anthony will be treated in a separate tank.
What size is your tank? 16gal
What temperature is your tank? 81F
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? 3 pygmy cories
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? NLS small fish formula
How often do you feed your betta fish? twice daily but Sunday fasting
How often do you perform a water change? 25% once per week religiously, more when redecorating because it is a tall tank
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 25%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Prime, API Stresscoat, two IAL leaves
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? Horrible white fluffy balls stuck on the end of some of his fins
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? still eating and bubbling, flaring at anything shiny
When did you start noticing the symptoms? two days ago
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? nothing yet but poised to start with AQ salt pending green light/input from forum members
Does your fish have any history of being ill? no
How old is your fish (approximately)? 1 year (?)