hello everyone, I'm new to this forum, but i have been reading all your posts avidly for a number of weeks since i got my Betta
I have had my betta, Jesse for a couple months. He lives in a unfiltered 2 gallon bowl, no other bowl-mates. I feed him Hikari pellets/flakes once daily, frozen bloodworms in the weekend. I do a weekly 75% water change, and i test my water every week with Api testkit. And my water quality parameters have been perfect, even up to when he got sick. The water temp is fine 27-28 degC
He has been a very happy fish until the last week or so, he started behaving sick- lethargic and clamped fins etc. He looked a bit dull-lustred on his body, but no fur/spots/fin tears. I medicated him with Bettafix as the bottle suggested and he has picked up a little bit, I have also done more frequent water changes (2-3 days). With this treatment he seems to have picked up slightly but he's still not a 100%
Today i noticed he is swimming in a strange way, darting around erratically, up against plants and objects in the tank. I have read that this kind of behaviour could be due to external or internal parasites. But there is nothing visible (spots etc) on his body, i've looked hard.
What do i do??
I've done yet another water change... cos i simply don't know what else to do.
I've also added some rock salt to the water- many threads seem to suggest this may help
Should i get a parasite treatment? are tablets or treatment better? any difference?
I guess i'm just looking forguidance /reassurance that I'm on the right track.
I'm very fond of jesse, I don't wanna lose him, so thank you in advance
for your time and advice.
My profile pic is a picture of him in his bowl- taken when he was not sick!