What size is your tank? - 2gal
What temperature is your tank? - 82
Does your tank have a filter? - No
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? - A live plant
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? - Hikari Betta Bio Gold
How often do you feed your betta fish? - 2 pellets twice a day
How often do you perform a water change? Once/twice weekly
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 25 - 50%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? - Either pre-mixed betta water, or water conditioner
-When I change the water, I only use Wal-Mart's gallon spring water.
-I'm a college student stuck on campus, so I don't have proper water testing materials, thus I don't know any of the parameters.
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? - Fins clamped, color dulled
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? - He has a bit of loss of appetite, I think. But when he does try to eat, he seems to involuntarily spit it back up. When he swims, he twitches a lot. He doesn't swim often; he spends most of his time resting at a diagonal slant (head by water), with little to no movement.
When did you start noticing the symptoms? The past 2 days.
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? - I put in a little Bettafix
Does your fish have any history of being ill? - I got him only 3 weeks ago, but hes seemed fine until now. I noticed a small few twitches while he was still in the cup at the pet store when I got him, but I thought nothing of it.
How old is your fish (approximately)? - Well, Ive had him for 3 weeks, but I don't know his actual age.
So, I'll try to break my problem down as best as I can.
About 3 weeks ago I went to the pet store and got a second betta fish, since I was so in love with my first. Since I didn't have a tank ready, I used a little half gallon or so pet keeper until I got a two gallon tank for him. When I put him in the temp tank, it had gravel, a live plant, and a little figurine. No heater or filter or anything. The water was room temp and he seemed fine with it. After I put him in, he was stressed, so I put a towel over the tank to eliminate outside movement, and that night he seemed fine. He even blew a bubble nest over night. He stayed like this for about a week and a half, and he seemed perfectly content. I filled the temp tank with a bottle of the betta water, and some spring water. I didn't change the water for the week and a half he was in there, but he seemed to stay perfectly healthy and happy. As winter break came to a close, I had to move him from my home to my home, 4.5 hours away. He was transported in a clear Slurpee cup so he could sit safely in my cup holder. That night I set up the tank, rinsed all of his new decor for the new tank, etc, and set it up. I put a heater in too. After a few hours, the water temp was about 76, so I put him in since I felt bad about leaving him in a small cup overnight. He seemed fine with it, and explored his new surroundings. That was a few days ago. Yesterday morning, he refused his food, and started having his fins clamped in, and became less responsive to my presence. I wasn't sure what to. By the end of the day he looked more sick and dull, and began the twitching and such. I changed out about 30 % of the water, put in conditioner, and put in a different heater to make the tank a bit warmer. I placed him back in and it hasn't seemed to help much. I read that twitching may be from velvet or external problems, so I gave him a bit of bettafix overnight. Today, he has been mostly not moving, and when he does its abnormally spastic and twitchy. He's tried eating, but the food seems to come right back out of him. He then chases after it, and attempts to eat it again, but the attempt fails, and the process continues for a few seconds until the food floats too far down. When its too far down, he just swims back up, and rests at an angle. (I have been removing the uneaten food). He has been sitting like this all day. He hasn't blown anymore bubble nests, and doesn't respond when I stick my finger near the glass like he used to. He also doesn't seem to have any external problems, no gold dust, white spots, fin problems, or scale problems.
I apologize for the length of this, but I'm very worried about him, and I'm not sure what to do. Help?