I cleaned my tank yesterday because of high amonnia test, I then noticed some brown, rust colored spots which would only come off bottom of tank with HARD scrubbing. I finally used a LITTLE bleach because I was afraid the brown spots would make my betta sick. I rinsed in very hot water over and over at least 6 times. This morn, our fish isnt himself, he isnt swimming, he did finally eat only one pellet--he is usually voratious. he is at bottom of tank.. i tried to take him out to change the water AGAIN, but when I put him in his small bowl with no filter he couldnt swim to top for air and almost died from no air. I QUICKLY just put him back into his tank with his filter. He slowly came back to life and actually seemed to improve a bit, but now he's back to bottom of tank. Doesnt seem able to swim for some reason. Did the bleach do this??? I rinsed SO well, i thought it would be ok. Whats my best option?? Just wait?? Thoughts from anyone would be appreciated.
What size if your tank and how often do you do water changes ? Is your tank heated?
I think if I were you I would put him back in a cup with some fresh conditioned water that is as close to the same temp of the water he is now in and give that tank a very good rinsing again over and over and maybe let it sit outside in the sun for awhile. After that make up some more conditioned water as close to the same temp of water he is in and put him back in the tank and keep and close eye on his and see how he does.
Im new to this sight-trying to learn how to navigate, sorry. ITs a 5 gal tank heated, filtered. I afraid to take him out...last time he stopped breathing until I put him in filtered tank again! He couldnt swim to top it seemed..?
thank you! I am bit afraid to take him out again, last time he stopped breathing ,, it seemed he couldnt get air or get to top for air. He was in a cup a long time yesterday because it took me over an hour to scrub those brown spots on tank. my tank is heated, 5 gall with filter
If you keep him in that tank, the 5 g you may have to lower the water level to allow easier access to the surface, I would try that and watch him closely to see if he is breathing alright, you did condition the water when you did your water change right? It's easy to forget, but for now keep him stress free, and if he does better in his 5 gal, just keep water level low for 24 hrs with close watch.
Thank you for your replies...I lost him and am very sad and mad at myself. I cleaned the tank again, he did ok in the cup, but slowly lost his battle. Is there something I should keep on hand for emergencies? Now my last betta isnt acting himself after HIS water change, and i DID NOT use bleach with his change. The only thing I did differently from what I normally do was NOT let water set overnite. I let it set for a few hours and thought that would be ok. I DID condition. Is that going to kill my other one??? Also a 5 gal. heated tank, with filter. Should I set water out overnite and change HIS water again?? I hate this--these are fantastic fish and i hate making stupid mistakes like this.