Hello, I have two fish with two different problems and would really like help. I have a male, Giles, and a female, Nelly, in separate tanks. I'll start with Giles....
1. 1 gallon tank (yes, I know everyone recommends 5-10 gallon tank which I am going to get when I graduate from college in May)
2. I'm not sure; the $8 kit from Walmart
3. Fresh (I use tap, with API brand water conditioner
4. Aquarium has been set up for 2 weeks
5. 1 betta, 2.5" including tail, Since Jan 19th
6. I dont think so
7. Room temp, no official thermometer
8. yes 4 plants, 2 species
11.Dorm-room lighting, lights out around 2AM, lights on around 10AM
12. Last change was Saturday Feb 6th; weekly full water change
13. A variety: HBG Brand Betta Color Bright Flakes, Wardley Betta pellets, Top Fin Freeze-Dried Bloodworms, and another brand of pellets. Twice a day
14-15. When i first got my fish he was slamming himself against the rocks, sitting at the bottom of the tank vertically sometimes (about once a day for 15-30 seconds or more before going up for air). He used to do it a lot, I changed the water, gave him a bigger tank than what I originally had him in, and introduced live plants, as well as upping the water conditioner. This helped a bit, he still does it from time to time, but doesn't sit vertically as often. I looked into it, and figured it to be a gill parasite, and though they recommend aquarium salt, it was not avaliable to me, so instead I went with Jungle Brand Parasite Clear; the recommended dose is one tablet for 10 gal tank, so I cut the tablet and used only a small portion of it since I have a smaller tank. No noticeable changes in behavior except now his gills look like this http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...n/IMG_4420.jpg
two streaks on both sides of his head; when I first got him he didn't have these, and they've been slowly emerging. He still hovers at a 70 degree angle from time to time. Otherwise though, he seems perfectly healthy. He's very active, flares up when he should, eats well, and makes a fine bubble nest. Biggest change from when I first got him till now is that he used to ram up against he rocks and he doesn't do that as much, which I believe is good. Any suggestions or help?
AND PLEASE NOTE THIS: Yes, I realize I need a heater and filter, and am aware of the nitrate/trite conditioning of the tanks, and will invest in them this coming May when I return home from college, as well as investing in a 5-10 gallon tank. He seems content where is he for the time being. I do take my animals very seriously, talk to them, as well as have taught them tricks, and again, I do hope to improve their tank size and equipment soon.
Now onto Nelly, my female fish.
1. 2L tank
2. same as above
3. Same as above
4. Since Jan 29th or 30th
5. 1 female, 1.5" since Jan 29th or 30th
6. I dont think so
7. Room temp, with a lamp over her water for heat
8. 4 plants, 2 species
11. same as above, with a 25 watt lamp over her tank about 6"
12. same as above
13. same as above
14-15. Since I got her she hasn't eaten YET! Not a single flake, pellet, or bloodworm. When I first got her she was VERY listless, though now she swims around from time to time, and seems in a much better mood, just not nearly as active temperment-wise as Giles. She drifts around, and stays in one spot for a long long time. She's so still and chill that I can touch her fins with a stick and she doesn't freak out. I don't know if that's a health issue or temperment, please help! I'm very concerned about her, as I wanted to rescue her from the petstore because no one was buying her, but I'm afraid I'm not much of a help to her, and she means very much to me. She does poop though, but I don't know what she could be eating. She may be eating the roots of the live plants I've provided when I'm not looking. She occassionally "coughs" but nothing comes out. Very rarely but I've seen her do this at least several times. For the past 2 days I have been using API brand BettaFix, as recommended by the people who work at Petsmart, though no noticeable change in her eating, she does seem a bit more lively!
Now the reason I say she may have septicemia is simply because of her symptoms; the not eating, and listlessness, now the "redness in the fins" is what I really don't know about. I have NO idea if it's her coloration or septicemia. http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...colorfull2.jpg
Does she look healthy?
Thank you all for your help!