Our poor little guy is very sick. He had always been very attentive and loved to eat until a few weeks ago. He all of a sudden quit eating. Sometimes he would start to eat but then would spit it out. He was still swimming around though.
We have bought BettaFix and tried feeding him different things including peas. He won't eat. We thought he was constipated and read where he should be treated in Epson Salts for 20 minutes a day and we have given him some treatments. Now we were reading the forums here and it looks like we are supposed to be leaving him in the Epson Salts?
We have moved him to a half-gallon tank. He looks very skinny and looks like an 'S' shape from the top. He has started laying on his side in the bottom of the tank, rarely swimming to the top for air. When he comes to the top, he just kind of hangs there, head pointing up. Then he moves slightly and falls straight down and onto his side. He just lays there lifeless unless he disturb him.
We just changed his water again and put him in his cup from the pet store. He seems better off in the cup because he is standing on his tail and leaning against the sidewall, which puts his face near the air.
Please help little Freedom, if you can... Thank you!!!
What size is your tank? He was in a 5 gallon but is now in his hospital tank which is a half-gallon.
What temperature is your tank? His large tank had a heater but his hospital tank is 74 degrees.
Does your tank have a filter? Yes but not his hospital tank.
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? Yes but not the hospital tank.
Is your tank heated? His large tank had a betta heater but he is not using one now.
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? None
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Pellet, brine shrimp, blood worms.
How often do you feed your betta fish? Once per day until he stopped eating.
How often do you perform a water change? Each week.
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? Half, until recently since he has been sick... we have been changing completely.
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Aqua Safe
Have you tested your water? No
If so, what are the following parameters?
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? He is kind of contorted when you look at him from the top… Like and ‘S’.
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? Won’t eat and lays on the bottom, on his side.
When did you start noticing the symptoms? A couple of weeks ago and have been trying different things.
Have you started treating your fish? Yes.
If so, how? We have tried feeding him everything including peas. Also putting him in Epsom salts for 20 minutes each day. Now reading posts on this site, it seems we are supposed to leave him in the salts?
Does your fish have any history of being ill? Not at all before this.
How old is your fish (approximately)? We got him from Petco last Christmas.