I am new to owning betta fish. My friend got me lil j.g about a month ago and everything was great. Two days ago I got her a new bowl decoration that is 2 palm tress with silk leaves rather than plastic, her old one was made out of plastic as I learned their little fins could get caught in it. So I put the new decoration in her bowl after changing her water. She usually has a voracious appetite. I usually feed her 3-4 pellets twice a day. Last night she was swimming fine, but didnt want to eat dinner. Today I woke up to find her floating...shes only usinf her front little fins to move around, not her tail or back fin. She can use them but I have to stick my finger in the water and try to touch her for her to use them, otherwise she doesnt. She didnt want to eat breakfast either and she is constantly doing something that looks like she is getting air. I checked for fin rot, but her fins look fine. Im really worried. Does anyone have any idea what she might have?
What size is your tank?
What temperature is your tank?
Does your tank have a filter?
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration?
Is your tank heated?
What tank mates does your betta fish live with?
What type of food do you feed your betta fish?
How often do you feed your betta fish?
How often do you perform a water change?
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change?
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change?
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed?
How has your betta fish's behavior changed?
When did you start noticing the symptoms?
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how?
Does your fish have any history of being ill?
How old is your fish (approximately)?
Also did you use decholorinated water when you cleaned his tank and was it about the same temperature?
What size is your tank? 1 gallon
What temperature is your tank? room temperature, 78 degrees
Does your tank have a filter? No
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? No
Is your tank heated? No
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? None
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Wardley's Betta food (bought it at petco)
How often do you feed your betta fish? 3-4 pellets twice a day
How often do you perform a water change? Usually every 3-4 days, this last time it might have been a little longer than that
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 100%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? None, I just add Tetra BettaSafe water conditioner
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters? I have not tested the water parameters
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? No
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? yes, she hasn't been eating and she just floats around. Usually she loves to eat and swims around her bowl.
When did you start noticing the symptoms? Last night she stopped eating, this morning she stopped using her back fins
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? No
Does your fish have any history of being ill? No
How old is your fish (approximately)? got her from Petco about a month ago
Also did you use decholorinated water when you cleaned his tank and was it about the same temperature? I made sure the water was the same temperature, didn't do anything different. I used 3/4 tap water and 1/4 purified water.
Thanks for your reply, I'm sorry if my answers are not very helpful, but I'm reading more about how to properly care for her as I go along.
Okay well doesn't seem to be much wrong. Instead of 100% water change every 3-4 days I would do 50% in the middle of the week and then a 100% at the end of the week. So for example do a 50% on Wednesday and a 100% on Saturday or Sunday.
It might be possible that she just didn't like the new decoration to her bowl so it might take a little while for her to adjust to it. I know my Ditto hates when I remodel his tank because it's different haha.
Also, if you can, I would suggest getting a heater that automatically shuts off at the right temp (a bit hard to find one that does it for a low wattage. Here is a good brand that I use from Petsmart http://www.petsmart.com/product/inde...AvailInUS%2FNo I know it's a bit expensive but it will make your betta happy that the temperature stays the same. Even though your house is at 78, the water usually is a bit colder than that and of course at night it gets much colder. But with that said, it is difficult to heat a bowl because of their shape so if you can get one of those Aqueon 1 gallon or 1.5 gallon's with the heater/light and bow front it would be much easier. But I know funds don't always allow for that :)
Well that's all I can see for now, maybe someone else will comment about what might be wrong with her :) Good luck to you and your betta
Yesterday she seemed to be getting a little better, I spotted her swimming around a couple times. Today she mostly floated again, her little gills seemed to be working too hard to breathe (maybe I'm looking too much into it, but that's what it seemed). I gave her a little pellet and she tried eating it, but it was as if she didn't have enough strength to do so. Right now she is at the very bottom of the tank, not moving, her gills are not moving either and even if I tilt the bowl she will not move. Her little front fins aren't moving either. I tapped a little bit on the bowl and she didn't react, she usually swims away from my finger. I tried tapping her and she didn't move either. Is she dead?! :(
With a 1 gallon bowl it is imperative to perform 100% water changes daily, without this the ammonia levels become far too high and will poison your betta. This can ultimately result in death. I hope this information finds you with your little betta still hanging in there.
thank you for the information. she passed away :(
I had read on how often I needed to change her water and it said 3-4 days. Some people said change only 50%. I feel I could have prevented this if I had only read a little more. Are filters recommended for Betta's? I read they werent because their fins would get stuck and damaged, but they would be helpful.
I am very sorry to hear about that. There is just so much contradicting information out there it is sometimes hard to know what is right.
However for your future bettas, I would recommend a filter, but it needs to be either low flow or rigged up to be a low flow. It's pretty easy to fix one up yourself with just some basic filter sponges, or you could look into the threads on this site about baffling filters or sponge filters.
Also, this isn't absolutely essential, but I would also suggest maybe a larger tank next time around. All around they are actually easier to maintain than a 1 gallon and your betta will appreciate the extra room