I added a live plat to the tank about 2.5 months ago. At first my beta loved to sit on it. Within a couple of weeks the plant began to die. When I noticed the beta laying on the bottom I removed the plant and changed 100% of the water. 1-1/2 months later the beta still lies on the bottom except for feeding. What can I do to help him?
What size is your tank? 2/3 full 2-1/2 gallon tank.
What temperature is your tank? Same as our home 69 F. in winter.
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.
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? A Snail which must have been introduced with the plant.
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? betta bio-gold pellets.
How often do you feed your betta fish? 3 to 4 pellets 3x a day.
How often do you perform a water change? 1x per week..
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 50%.
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Splendid Betta Complete Water Conditioner added to water in separate contailer 1 week before actual water change and set in same room as tank.
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters? No.
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? He is scrunched up with folded fins unless feeding.
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? He never floats and only lays on bottom of tank unless feeding.
When did you start noticing the symptoms? About 1-1/2 months ago.
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? No.
Does your fish have any history of being ill? Not in the 10 months I had him.
How old is your fish (approximately)? Bought from store last christmas.