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What size is your tank? 5gal
What temperature is your tank? 80-82
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

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Omega One Shrimp Pellets
How often do you feed your betta fish? Twice a day

Maintenance
How often do you perform a water change? Every other day recently, he has fin rot
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 75%-100%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Stress Coat+ and just on Monday I added in aquarium salt to help with his fin rot.

Water Parameters:
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?

Tested right now at 11:29pm... these are the only readings my little test strips give me.
Ammonia:
Nitrite: 0
Nitrate: 0
pH: 6.5
Hardness: 0
Alkalinity:

KH: 40

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? Well he has had fin rot since Thursday night/Friday morning
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? He is swimming along the edges of the tank, running into his silk plants and the corners of the tank when it ends. He is not reacting when I put my fingers or hand right in his line of sight like he always does. He was violently startled when I light tapped the tank.
When did you start noticing the symptoms? About ten minutes ago when I got home from work.
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? No, I have no idea what to do.
Does your fish have any history of being ill? Just the fin rot.
How old is your fish (approximately)? 6 months?


The answered questions pretty much says it all. Sunil has had fin rot for a few days and I have been changing his water as much as I can between work and school. First I just used the stress coat+ to ease the fin rot, but it wasn't working on it's own. On Monday I added 1 tablespoon of aquarium salt to help with the rot. I took the gravel out of his tank because of the needed frequent water changes, so he just has his silk plants, lava rock, and fake skull in there now.

He is swimming and bumping into things like he didn't see them, even the top of the water when he goes up for air. It's like he doesn't know it's there and is startled when he reaches it.

Is blindness or temporary blindness common in bettas? In all my research I didn't come across it...

His eyes aren't cloudy and just look like normal. And his fin rot hasn't reach his body, it's still on the edges of his fin just a little bit.

Can it be the aquarium salt? That is the most recent change I've made to his water.

Help?
 

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I don't know what is going on anymore I swear. Now he's acting like normal... not like he can't see anymore.

He's swimming like normal, not bumping into things. He's reacting when I put my fingers to the tank and even ate some freeze dried bloodworms from my fingers hovered above the water. It's like nothing even happened and I was imagining it but I swear I wasn't!

I suppose I'll just keep an eye on him for more activity as if he can't see anything...
 
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