Hi, Im a new user and I signed up specifically to ask about my sick betta fish :(
My Betta fish has been looking very healthy lately, but about a couple of weeks ago i noticed he had tear(?) in his back fin, i thought maybe he had cut himself on a castle statue i had in the tank.
Then about three days ago I changed the water, and since then he has been acting very different.
He has been laying at the bottom of his tank, he looks as though he is panting. He wouldn't eat anything.When he goes up for air he darts to the surface and straight back down again.
He started lying to his side at the bottom.
I lowered the water level, to about three inches. Which seemed to help a lot. He is now eating, but I'm not feeding him much just in case.
Then today I realized I completely forgot to test his water when I did change it. Which is something i normally do.
It was very alkaline/ not acidic at all, so i slowly added some neutral water to his tank.
I started to think that maybe there was something in the water, it could have gotten contaminated maybe when i changed it? - I clean his tank in my laundry, but am always very careful.
I've switched him to a small bowl, with completely new water at the same temperature.
Pleas help? Any suggestions? He is still panting and his fins now look very tattered. :(
-Normally i scoop him out with a deep soup ladel, or another container, but when i changed his water this time I used a net - which i cant recall if i cleaned it or not before use