Please help - new to fish and not sure what to do. I think something is wrong with both my bettas - 2 different tanks 2 totally different problems, what am I doing wrong? I will start with Cutes and post about Jake & his ammonia problem in another thread.
Just got Cutes June 7th from petco with new 5G tank and everything. 1st few days he was active but we have our ups and downs. Now he stays very still on the bottom of the tank and hides when I walk up to the tank, looks depressed. He flares a lot - I think he sees his reflection in the tank. I have not seen him eat in 5 days. Saturday I did 50% water change & mixed 4 tsp Epsom salt & conditioner, vacuumed rocks and then put in water, I did leave him in tank while I did water change. Added Epsom thinking he was constipated since I saw no signs of anything else. Sunday morning he looked clamped but this morning and now he is not. No food till tonight which he still won't touch. When I went to take a picture of him to post for help I saw the shiny stuff and remembered reading about Velvet on here. Could it be velvet or could it be something else or am I just worried to much?
What size is your tank? 5 gallon
What temperature is your tank? was 78 but changed to 81 last night
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? Wardley Betta Food & Aqueon Betta Treat but bought Omega One yesterday and tried that today but wouldn't touch it.
How often do you feed your betta fish? Once a day 2-3 pieces
How often do you perform a water change? 2-3 times a week
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 25% - 50%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Splendid Betta Complete but bought Prime last night and haven't used it since I have epsom salt in and no high levels
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters? Yes daily and no problems since I got Cutes on June 7th. Was using test sticks till yesterday I got API fresh water kit
Ammonia: 0 - never has had any. Since new tank its never started cycle
pH: 7.8 - 8.0 my tap water is this high
Alkalinity: between 120-180 (used stick test here)
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? none that I knew of till I tried to take a picture of him tonight and saw shiny gold looking stuff
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? Hides, stays on bottom, hates light or the hood of his tank or something.
When did you start noticing the symptoms? Friday - not eating again
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? Yes - see above. 1 teaspoon of Epson Salt per gallon for constipation & turned heater up because he seems to like it better warmer. Epsom salt still in tank - have not done another water change.
Does your fish have any history of being ill? Don't know brand new - June 7th
How old is your fish (approximately)? Dont Know