Alright I'm completely new to the Fish caring world (actually to the pet world at all) and I'm totally at a loss for what to do. I got my betta fish on Saturday (About five days agao) and I knew nothing about taking care of a fish. The girl at the pet store seemed informative, but as I found this site, I discovered she was wrong about just about everything. And now I think my poor Betta (Charles) is sick!
She told me to keep him in room temperature water, to change all the water once a week, and that my little 1/2 bowl would be plenty big enough. (All wrong, apparently)
I noticed about two days ago he was darting about the bowl in a bit of a twitchy fashion, but since I hadn't had him that long, I thought it was just his normal swimming. The next day though, it was more obvious and didn't look right, so I changed his water (It was about a 75% change)
He seemed better for a bit, but then he started just hiding in the bottom of the tank constantly, OR just floating near the top of the tank. I thought maybe he was just cold, but he's been doing that to an even greater extent today.
And then today I noticed this little white hanging piece coming off his chin, so I know something must be up. (Picture below)
Plus today's the first time he hasn't eaten. He tried about three times to swallow the food, and kept spitting it out, before giving up. I also noticed him doing a weird yawning thing in the water. I'm sure he wasn't actually yawning, but that's the best way to describe it.
I'm completely at a loss for what to do. As I said, this is my first pet, let alone fish, and I don't know where to begin. I've been reading around the site, but there's a lot more information to take in than the pet store worker led me to believe.
As I said, he's in a tiny half gallon bowl, I ordered a 2 gallon one, plus a heater a day ago, but it might take a week to get here.
I'm stuck in a college dorm room, in the middle of the city, with no good pet stores nearby. I know if he needs any kind of medication, I'll have a long hike to try and find it, so any advice you can give ASAP would be of some help =(.
...Plus detailed explanations of how to do things if I do need to get medicine/etc. I am totally knew at this >.<!
What size is your tank? 1/2 Gallon (2 Gallon one is like a week away =( )
What temperature is your tank? Room Temperature? Probably 68 degrees, I know it's too cold, but there's nothing I can do until the heater comes in the mail
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 (see above)
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? None
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Hikari Betta Bio-Gold
How often do you feed your betta fish? 2~3 pellets, once a day
How often do you perform a water change? I haven't had him a week yet, but I did one yesterday, and from now on I'll probably do one at least every other day.
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? I did 75% yesterday, because I hadn't done it at all (courtesy of the pet shop advice) I guess I'd do 50% normally? But I suppose that doesn't matter if I haven't done it yet...
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? None
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
No test kit >.<!
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? Weird white hanging thing bellow chin
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? Twitch when swimming, but usually motionless. Often hiding in whatever hiding spot he can get too between the glass beads that line his tank, or floating near the surface of the water.
Also can't eat. Although I suppose it's a decent sign that he tried? But it worries me that he can't swallow it.
When did you start noticing the symptoms? Three days ago.
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? Just changed his water
Does your fish have any history of being ill? Not that I know of.
How old is your fish (approximately)? Not sure, but not that old, I don't think the pet store keeps them that long.
I'd appreciate any advice you can give! I know I have a long ride on the T ahead of me to track down medicine or whatever he needs, and a busy day to boot! So help ASAP would be great.
I feel so bad for poor little Charles!