The sick fish questionnaire should cover most of what I'm looking at so I won't be redundant here, but I have been watching him be kind of weird and maybe sick like for a couple of weeks now, just expecting the bloating to develop into dropsy but that has yet to happen but his behavior has gotten so strange I was hoping someone might have any ideas. I fasted him for a few days, and he stayed bloated, and he seems really skinny.
What size is your tank? 2.5g
What temperature is your tank? 78 regularly, currently moved up to 80 to help boost immune system hopefully.
Does your tank have a filter? no
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? moss ball
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Hikari Bio-gold pellets, occasional freeze dried bloodworms
How often do you feed your betta fish? two pellets twice a day, fast once a week.
How often do you perform a water change? every 3rd day, which now that i removed his filter for being a crappy filter is the day that ammonia becomes detectable in the unfiltered environment.
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 75% regular, 100 % every 2 weeks
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Seachem Prime
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
Ammonia: 0 ppm
Nitrite: 0 ppm
Nitrate: 20 ppm
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? constantly bloated, even after fasting for several days. Pale color, stress stripes, maybe a hint of gray around his belly between there and his gills. Fins have lost color, and while not exhibiting signs of fin rot seem a little less somehow than they used to be. Not clamped, though. Maybe it's the color that makes them seem off.
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? Always a spazzy fish, now incredibly spazzy. When he moves he darts, and unless sleeping seems to spazz back and forth freakishly all the time. Acts always like he wants to be fed, when I put food in the water he sometimes has difficulty making it to the pellets because he hides in his plant a lot of the time and seems to spend a lot of time trying to get to the pellets but keeps running into the plant leaves and then spazzing out some more. Like I'm wondering if there isn't some kind of nervous system issue going on...
When did you start noticing the symptoms?
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? Clean water, aquarium salt, soaked freeze dried daphnia to help with the bloating, steady temp.
Does your fish have any history of being ill? no
How old is your fish (approximately)? I've had this guy for a year about, so he's probably just under 2 years old