Hi there, totally new to the fish world after son received one for his birthday, so I have been learning on the fly 😰
Last night I went to bed with a happy betta and this morning I was afraid we were going to need to plan a funeral. I did an emergency water change and she seemed much better when I got home several hours later. Left and came home again and spirits seem good, but her fins still look unhealthy, her ventral fin(s?) in particular seems to be in bad shape—and it almost appears that one is missing??
I want to make sure I take all the right steps to keep her healthy and am hoping I can rely on the wisdom of this kind community to help me make the right details below. TIA 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼
How many gallons is your tank? 2
Does it have a filter? Yes
Does it have a heater? Yes
What temperature is your tank? Approx 78F
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? I assume the filter provides aeration? Otherwise no
Does your Betta have tank mates? What kind? No
What food brand do you use? Aqueon color enhancing betta food
Do you feed flakes or pellets? Pellets
How often do you feed your Betta? How much? 1-2x per day; 3-4 pellets total daily
Before your Betta became ill how often did you perform a water change? This was first water change;
What percentage of water did you change? I retained about 20% of original water. Realizing I need to do this more frequently and plan to get a suction cleaner
What is the source of your water? Tap
Do you vacuum the substrate or just dip out water? I dipped out water
What additives do you use other than conditioner? What brand of conditioner?
Top-Fin start up and maintenance water conditioner, no other additives
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.
These numbers are from after water change; last water test i took a week ago and don’t have numbers but were in range according to API test guide. I have used “~” to note that these is my best estimate of colors on the chart, some are a bit hard to distinguish or don’t look entirely uniform
Hardness (GH): ~60
Alkalinity (KH): ~40
Symptoms and Treatment:
When did you first notice the symptoms?
Today (8/3/22) at 8am ET
How has your Betta’s appearance changed? When I woke up, Betta looked much darker, and her usual brilliant blue was far less visible. Her fins looked dry and shriveled too.
How has your Betta’s behavior changed?
She is usually happily swimming around in the morning, but today, she was still, and tucked up in the top corner of the tank near the filter and heater.
A short while later she was laying completely still inside—and at the bottom—of her log, at the bottom of the tank. I thought she had died as she was not visibly moving.
Is your Betta still eating? She was not eating this morning, but just ate when I fed her at 530 pm ET
Have you started treating your Betta? If so, how? When I noticed her behavior and appearance, I cleaned her tank and replaced about 80% of tank with temperate, treated water before leaving for work. She seemed much, much better when I got home—swimming around, bright blue again, and she quickly consumed the two pellets I gave her. Her fins still not look as nice as they usually do, though, particularly her ventral fins, which still look shrunken/curled/dry to me. I should note that she also appears to have what might be an egg sac or something similar right in front of her anal fin.
Does your Betta have any history of being ill? How long have you owned your Betta?
Was he or she ill or suffering some sort of damage when purchased?
I have had her for just about two weeks and seemed healthy until this morning.