Why is my betta suddenly shedding? He seems to be fine otherwise. What causes this and what should I do about it? Thanks so much.
Shedding what? Scales? Fins?
I am not sure. It doesn't look like fins or scales. It looks like skin. It is like a transparent white stuff . It almost looks like when someone gets a sunburn and their skin peels. It is floating in the water and also hanging off of my betta fish. It doesn't seem as bad today as yesterday. He acts fine. I changed his water on Sunday. I washed the bowl and his rocks and plant. The very end of that huge bottom fin looks like it is broken. Should I try changing the water again? He didn't eat anything tonight.
It sounds like the slime coat is deteriorating. This is caused by stress from water conditions ( toxins, water temp.), environment change etc. When the slime coat goes it makes fish suceptible to fungus, parasites and disease. It may be a combonation of slime caot loss, fin rot, and/or fungus. Best bet is get a small aquarium 5-10 gallons with filtration and some live plants to start. Fish stand a better chance in a "cycled" tank so toxins don't build. Also proper , consistant water temps. are necessary.
Here is a link that might be useful: how to cycle a tank
He needs to be treated with antibiotics... has a fungal infection of the slime coat... if untreated, he will eventually die... changing the water repeatedly isn't the solution and could be more detrimental than beneficial.
And then, I agree... he needs to be housed in a properly filtered environment.
My beta seems to be going through the same thing and he is living in a 10 gallon aquarium with filtration and a heater. He was fine just last night, then I woke up this morning and his face is covered in a clear white film, same for his eyes making it hard for him to see. It looks kinda like when a snake is trying to shed it's own skin. There is other fish living in my fish tank, a few cardinal tetras, two guppies which are his best friends, a pleco, and a cory catfish. I ust added in the cardinal tetraas yesterday, do you think their water had something in it to make him get this way?
Also where can I find antibiotics if I need to get any?