What size is your tank? 10 gallons
What temperature is your tank? 81 F
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? One male and one female separated by a divider.
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Top Fin color enhancing betta bits or Top Fin freeze-dried blood worms.
How often do you feed your betta fish? Twice daily except on weekends.
How often do you perform a water change? Once per week
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 10 Ė 25%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? API Betta conditioner, quarium salt, Stress Zyme +.
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed?
How has your betta fish's behavior changed?
When did you start noticing the symptoms?
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how?
Does your fish have any history of being ill? Highly sensitive little fishy to everything from temperature to light.
How old is your fish (approximately)? 1.5 years
Sorry for the long story, but Iím not sure where this illness began.
I bought Tokyo about a year and a half ago from a pet store. From the start heís always been the most sensitive Betta Iíve ever had. At first he lived in a 2 gallon bowl. He was always a little lethargic and clamped up, so I added a water heater. He seemed to like the warmer temperature, and would swim around happily. Then one day, I was fish-sitting for someone with a female Betta, and her tank sat next to his. He seemed so much more active with her around, flaring up all his fins and showing off to her. When we took her away, he seemed to get depressed, and stopped being active again. So I bought him a female, Lima. Lima lived in a separate bowl right next to his, and came to me with a white slime issue that eventually cleared up. She seemed like a very healthy fish. I decided to give them more room, and bought a 10 gallon tank and divided it down the middle. After moving them into the 10 gallon tank, all seemed well, until the other fish that I was fish-sitting earlier died suddenly, and we have no idea what killed her. She didnít show any signs of illness.
About 1 month after moving into the 10 gallon, Lima, who had no signs of illness except being a little fatter than normal died suddenly overnight. She had lived only 8 months.
Tokyo seemed fine and healthy, so after a few days, we got Lima 2. They both did really well together, and he seemed to flare up more and show off to her more than Lima 1.
About 2 months after Lima 1 died, Tokyo started showing signs of stress. His fins were tattering and he was a little more lethargic than normal. There were some patches on his head only visible when I cast a light directly on him. Thatís when I started to add aquarium salt to the water. I also did several days of Melafix which has fixed up his fins in the past. Additionally, I did weekly 25% water changes instead of 10%. This seemed to improve him significantly and he went a little over a week without issues. He seemed to gain his activity level and actively flared up with Lima 2. The holes in his fins never fully closed, but he seemed better and the patches went away.
Yesterday and this morning he was fine. Sometime before noon today, he started swimming erratically and quickly like something was really bothering him. Then he started go sideways like he was having issues with his swim bladder, and his stomach very quickly bloated up. I made a mad dash to get the fishnet and his old bowl filled with treated water prepared with a salt dip (I didnít know what else to do). By the time I had gotten all that ready (less than 5 minutes), he passed away.
Since this is now the 2nd death in this tank, in addition to grieving the loss of Tokyo, Iím also really concerned about the currently healthy Lima 2. Iím really worried that whatever Lima 1 had passed on to Tokyo. And if thatís the case, then whatever Tokyo had, might already be given to Lima 2. Iím not sure how long fish diseases normally last. There has been about 3 months between Lima 1ís death and Tokyoís death today.
Does any of this sound familiar? If so, is there anything I can do to save Lima 2?