I just got back from a weekend vacation and my bettas have only gone one day with out a meal. On Thursday (before I'd left Friday morning), Madam passed away from being bloated three days prier. She was growing pale, barely moving and abnormal bloated with her scaled poking from her sides.
Now im worried about Lelu who is growing pale and wont eat. She doesn't normally eat the floating pellets but since its Saturday my bettas get frozen blood worms... I'm not sure that she ate any since Lelu usually will only eat the brine shrimp and pellets for my cories, but she hasn't even touched the pellet that i put in the QT tank.
Im also worried about my other girls. Lelu would be the third infected (i guess i would call it?) First Raja who didnt really get put in to the sorority because she was highly aggressive and died 3-4 days after id gotten her. Second, poor Madam who passed on Thursday. And now Lelu. Should i separate my girls into cups and watch them over the next few days? Or watch them for any similar behaviors? And what more can i do for Lelu?
What size is your tank? 20 gallon - planted
What temperature is your tank? 78-80 F
Does your tank have a filter? yes
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? no
Is your tank heated? has heater but not currently in use
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? other female bettas
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Hikari Floating pellets, frozen brine shrimp (Tuesdays) & frozen blood worms (Saturdays)
How often do you feed your betta fish? once a day
How often do you perform a water change? every Monday
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 30-40%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Prime
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
Nitrite: little to none
Nitrate: little to none
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? Looks pale
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? Not eating/not as active
When did you start noticing the symptoms? may 29th
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? separated with 100% water change in QT tank
Does your fish have any history of being ill? no
How old is your fish (approximately)? had her for two months (Madam a few days more)