Hi everyone, I'm really hoping someone here can help a relatively new fish owner! My 5 year old's betta is really sick and I can't figure out what's wrong. :( I apologize in advance if I ask a whole bunch of silly questions or use the wrong terminology!
What size is your tank? 10 Gallon
What temperature is your tank? 76F
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? Betta Bites
How often do you feed your betta fish? Twice per day but he hasn't eaten since Thursday evening.
How often do you perform a water change? 25% every other week but I just did a complete change yesterday, details as to why below.
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 25%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Aqua Plus
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters? I don't normally test but had a friend over last night and she tested with her kit. All tests came back normal, the only one I remember offhand was the pH which was 7.0
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? Pale fins, single white patch near one eye.
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? Dory (my 5 year old son named him, I have personally started calling him Lazarus because every time we think he has died, he comes back to life) was found Friday morning lying at the bottom of his tank, he would not eat at all and when he swims, he just darts around the tank very skittish. He used to come up to the feeding corner whenever he saw us but now just hides.
When did you start noticing the symptoms? Friday morning, so 3 1/2 days ago.
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? Have dosed his tank with MelaFix, started last night and did a second dose this evening.
Does your fish have any history of being ill? No
How old is your fish (approximately)? Unknown, we got him in August.
I really hope someone can help me with this, my son is really upset that his Dory is sick.
Oh, the reason for the complete water change yesterday...I was out and my husband called me to tell me that it was over and I should get another fish. I asked him to make REALLY sure that Dory was gone and he checked and said yes, that Dory was really gone...so when I got to the store, I called to get him to check again...yes, Dory still definitely gone. Dory 2.0 was acquired and hidden in my purse so the little one didn't see. (I know, cheap trick, but my little guy would be so upset!) Anyway, I start emptying the tank to prep it for 2.0 and am 2/3 of the way done, when Dory the first starts swimming! I hide 2.0 until my fish friend can come and get him to board with her for a while and finish with the tank. Since I did the complete water change, Dory 1 has been slightly more active but will still not eat and is still hanging around at the bottom of the tank.