I appreciate all of your support and have loved this site ever since I brought my guy home. Everything has been great, except today my Betta is acting "different". He is incredibly active and darting around the tank. He will stop to take a break on a plant, but then goes back to his "jittery pacing". Back and forth - back an forth - near the bottom. This is not normal for him. Usually he just kind of hangs out, swims around a bit, built a bubble nest the other day (I was so proud). I did a partial water change (as usual) today, but no other changes. I just want to make sure I am on top of anything if it is developing. Should I start a salt treatment just in case?? Thoughts?
Here are the stats:
What size is your tank? Marineland Cresent 3 gal
What temperature is your tank? 78
Does your tank have a filter? Yes
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? No
Is your tank heated? Not at the moment (i live in FL and will heat in winter)
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? Moss ball (does that count?)
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Aqueon Betta Pellets
How often do you feed your betta fish? Twice a day (3-4 pellets)
How often do you perform a water change? Twice a week
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 25-50% and a gravel vac once a week.
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Prime
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
Yes - I use API liquid test kit
Hardness: Unknown, but local water quality tests state soft
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? Just today he became more active than normal and is darting around the tank. I would describe it as "jittery pacing".
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? He has never been this active.
When did you start noticing the symptoms? Today
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? No
Does your fish have any history of being ill? No
How old is your fish (approximately)? Unsure, I purchased him from PetSmart a few months ago.