Hello! So I got my betta as a baby back in January. For a couple months I noticed his bottom fins have been ragged. I did not think much of it but it has gotten worse. I do weekly water changes, however I wonder if it is because I use RO water with some replinish by seachem. Or is it just his genetics? I just want to make sure he is okay!
How many gallons is your tank? 3.5 gallons
Does it have a filter? Yes
Does it have a heater? Yes
What temperature is your tank? In theory the heater should keep it between 76-80 degrees F
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? No
Does your Betta have tank mates? No
What food brand do you use? bug bites. Betta formula.
Do you feed flakes or pellets? Flakes.
How often do you feed your Betta? 2 times a day. How much? a pinch.
your Betta became ill how often did you perform a water change? Every 1-2 weeks
What percentage of water did you change? 40%
What is the source of your water? RO water with seachem replenish
Do you vacuum the substrate or just dip out water? I vacuum it
What additives do you use other than conditioner? Aquarium salt and replenish
What brand of conditioner? I don’t need conditioner since it is RO water
What are your water parameters? Please give exact numbers. If tested by pet store please get exact numbers. "Fine" or "Safe" won't help us help you. Important: Test your water before
the regular water change; not after one.
Ammonia: 0 ppm
Nitrite: between 0-0.25 ppm
Nitrate: between 5.0-10 ppm
pH: high range PH: 7.4 ppm
Hardness (GH): it's always hard (I believe that's because of my tap)
Alkalinity (KH): between 40-80 ppm
This was literally tested as I filled this out nd his water is absolutely horrible so it will be changed as soon as my husband wakes up.
Symptoms and Treatment:
When did you first notice the symptoms? probably a few months ago
How has your Betta’s appearance changed? His bottom fin is ragged
How has your Betta’s behavior changed? He lays on the bottom sometime and in the corner at the top sometimes
Is your Betta still eating? Yes
Have you started treating your Betta? No.
Does your Betta have any history of being ill? No
How long have you owned your Betta? 5-6 months
Was he or she ill or suffering some sort of damage when purchased? He was a baby so I don’t think so?