...but I really want to know what happened to my betta, Albert Fish.
He was in a Petco cup for about 2 months...perfectly active and healthy...and extremely aggressive. I chose him because each time I walked by, he would flare at me and swim aggressively around the cup.
This was his tank:
What size is your tank? 5 gallon Aqueon Mini-Bow
What temperature is your tank? 78ºF
Does your tank have a filter? Yes - Cycled for 1.5 weeks
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? Snail (Black Mystery), Anubias plant, and a misc. plant (mixture of what appeared to be a type of sword and something else)
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Hikari Bio Gold
How often do you feed your betta fish? Once a day, 4 pellets
How often do you perform a water change? Didn't have an opportunity to
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? See above
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? See above
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
Nitrate: Less than 20 ppm
pH: 7.8 (Alkaline)
Hardness: 150 (Hard)
Alkalinity: 120 (Ideal)
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? After adding the plants after two days of owning him, he developed a large, red and fuzzy sore on his left side. It grew from the size of maybe a dime to the size of a penny in less than two hours. It had fuzzy growth around the edges of the very red sore.
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? It did not change at all, actually.
When did you start noticing the symptoms? Less than a day after I added live plants from Petco...I cleaned the plants before placing them in the tank and acclimated them.
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? I was told to use Bettafix. *head desk* I'm sure this also accelerated his death
Does your fish have any history of being ill? No
How old is your fish (approximately)? He was only maybe 6 months old when I bought him...
When I cleaned the tank, I noticed the plants' roots have dissolved and the plants were dying or dead within a day of purchase. I'm sure this is what also aided in his death. Any explanations?