Hi everyone! I'm new to taking care of a betta (the right way, that is! this forum is so helpful! :)).
I picked up Delta from the local pet store a week ago. He was missing a chunk of his tail so I started him on some aquarium salt and daily 25-50% water changes to help him grow his pretty tail back. The aquarium salt's been helping his tail grow back really well, but there's a couple of other things I've noticed since I brought Delta home.
Delta has a patch of white/beigeish scales on his tummy. They don't really look fuzzy, more hard and scaly. The same weird white color is at the base of his pectoral fins, too. He does tend to rub up against the glass, filter, and heater, so I was thinking maybe parasites? But other than the rubbing (which has gone down a bit), he's a pretty active fish and seems happy. My boyfriend's convinced the spot is just his natural coloring but I'm paranoid. Here's some pictures:
Today Delta flared out his beard at me for the first time, and to my surprise, he has two matching bright red spots on either side of his beard. Is that normal? There's a little bit of red at the base of his pelvic fins too.
Anyway, here's the basics on my Delta-boo.
What size is your tank? 10 gallons
What temperature is your tank? 76-78 degrees
Does your tank have a filter? Yep!
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? I alternate between TetraMin flakes and TetraBetta pellets. He gets freeze dried bloodworms 1-2 times a week (he got them today for Easter! :)).
How often do you feed your betta fish? 2-3 pellets or an equivalent amount of flakes twice a day.
How often do you perform a water change? Since I got him I've been doing daily water changes.
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 25-50%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Aquarium salt (for his tail), API Proper PH, Stress Coat, API Ammo-lock. My tap water has kind of a high PH and slight traces of ammonia.
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
Ammonia: 4.0 (it was stable at 0.25 ppm for the first few days and yesterday it shot up to 4.0. I've been using ammo-lock to take care of it.)
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? He has a strange white spot on his belly.
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? He seems fairly active and always has been, though he does rub up a lot against the glass and his heater.
When did you start noticing the symptoms? After I brought him home a week ago.
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? Aquarium salt and daily water changes.
Does your fish have any history of being ill? He came home with a chunk of his tail missing and maybe a slight case of fin rot, but that's cleared up and his tail is growing back.
How old is your fish (approximately)? Not sure. I read that bettas are sold around 3-6 months of age, so probably around that old? He's also really tiny, barely 2 inches long, so I think he's kinda young.
Thanks, everyone! I'm really glad I found this forum; you're all so knowledgeable! :) Hopefully you can tell me if there's something weird going on with my Delta or if I'm just being a paranoid betta mommy.