What size is your tank? 10 gallon
What temperature is your tank? 78 degrees
Does your tank have a filter? yes
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? no
Is your tank heated? yes
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? none
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? NLS pellets, weekly blood worm
How often do you feed your betta fish? every day
How often do you perform a water change? every 5 days
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 30%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? API water conditioner
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
Nitrate: about 5
pH: API liquid test says 7.8, Tetra strip says 6.8...?????
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? none
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? sits on the bottom with clamped fins but when I go near the tank gets all excited and comes up to me. Has a normal appetite.
When did you start noticing the symptoms? Yesterday, 1 day after I put the almond leaf in his tank
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? took out the almond leaf and did a 60% water change
Does your fish have any history of being ill? no
How old is your fish (approximately)? 8.5 months according to breeder I got him from
I put a small (6 in) Indian almond leaf in and a day later (after the leaf sank) he sits at the bottom with clamped fins and swims around with clamped fins but has a great appetite and interacts normally with me. I thought it was because the filter current was too strong and maybe he was just hiding from it at the bottom so I cut a water bottle in half and taped it to the filter to slow the current. This didn't help so today I took out the almond leaf and did a 60% water change. It's been a few hours and he is still acting the same. He has no signs of anything wrong on his body or fins.
I'm also not sure why my two ph tests are showing such different results. The ph strip from yesterday read 7.2 and today it reads 6.8. The liquid one says the same from yesterday to today. Either way he has new tap water now with no leaf so it should be what it is normally. I thought almond leaves were supposed to be great for bettas, I hear so many good things about them.