I just bought a new tank setup and a new betta Thursday afternoon. I washed everything with hot water and no soap, and set it up that night and let it cycle, put the new betta in late Friday night. I woke up to my dead fish this morning (monday), and it broke my heart :(. Why did he die? I noticed that yesterday he was hiding a lot in the vase-structure I had bought for him, and wouldnt come up even for food, only for air. Other than that, he was swimming almost literally at the bottom of the tank, and would hide behind everything or just lie there. And then would come up for air only. And no matter what he wouldnt flare, ever, which I thought weird. To be safe, when I bought him he was in a TINY bowl with a bamboo plant sticking out of it, so I bought the bamboo as well.
Here's the form:
What size is your tank? - 2 gallons
What temperature is your tank? - I have a heater but I dont have a thermometer - was going to get one this week. It's about 25ish though
Does your tank have a filter? - Yes, a foam-power one, on low flow because the high flow is bad for the fins, I read.
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? - No.
Is your tank heated? - Yes, by a pad heater at the bottom. I made sure its only a very thin layer of gravel covering it.
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? - None.
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? - Betta bio-gold pellets
How often do you feed your betta fish? - About 3-5 pellets once a day. Near the end he wasnt eating.
How often do you perform a water change? - I was going to at the end of the week.
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? - Was going to do 50%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? - Prime Water Conditioner
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? - He was keeping his fins closer to his body.
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? - He was swimming only at the bottom and stopped exploring as of Saturday, 12-24 hours after I put him in.
When did you start noticing the symptoms? - 12-24 hours after I put him in, and 24-36 hours later he was dead.
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? - No.
Does your fish have any history of being ill? - I only had him for 3 days so I dont know.
How old is your fish (approximately)? - I have no idea.
Anybody help me with this? I have a live bamboo plant in the tank, but those are supposed to be good for fish, no? When I noticed he was hiding in the vase decor a lot, and swimming close to the ground, I thought he didnt have enough swimming space or something (because the vase is quite big, I'd say it takes up a little less than half of the tank and then there are 2 multicoloured silk plants as well as the bamboo) so I took the vase out, and he was very confused for a couple minutes and then continued swimming on the very very bottom. :( Whoever knew you could get attached to a fish in 3 days :(
I dont want to ever kill a fish again, and I dont know what it was that killed him, so I wont buy another one until I know what was wrong. Would anyone be able to help me? And sorry for the essay, Im just trying to provide as much information as I can.