What size is your tank? - 2.5 Gallons
What temperature is your tank? - Unknown, a little warmer than room which is around 19.2c/66.56.f
Does your tank have a filter? - Whisper Filter
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? - Small river rocks.
Is your tank heated? - No
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? - None
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? - Freeze dried blood worms, daphnia and mysis
How often do you feed your betta fish? - Usually every other day
How often do you perform a water change? - Unknown
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? - 90%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? - Algae Destroyer and NovAqua Water Conditioner
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
Ammonia: - Unknown
Nitrite: - Unknown
Nitrate: - Unknown
pH: - Unknown
Hardness: - Unknown
Alkalinity: - Unknown
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? - Going blind and anal fin falling off.
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? - Lethargic and sinking to bottom.
When did you start noticing the symptoms? - 2 Days ago
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? - No
Does your fish have any history of being ill? - No
How old is your fish (approximately)? - 3.5 years
I've been out of town for a week and when I came back I noticed my betta Rhett Butler, was blind in the left eye. It doesn't look like the pictures of popeye I've seen, it looks as though his pupil was a white pearl. 2 days ago it was just his left eye but now it seems to have spread to his right eye. His right eye is not as pearly white but it's getting that white color to it. It's just his pupil, nothing else.
He's been eating less and less before this happened and now he won't eat at all. He sinks to the bottom of the tank and has to swim to get air. I've placed him in a shallow bowl and he seems to be breathing ok. However today, he can't keep himself upright and is lying flat on the bottom but still breathing.
I've also noticed his anal fin is falling of in tiny strands. Yesterday, there was one tiny piece and now today there's another tiny piece. It looks as though there's a tear in his fin.
I'm really freaking out, the idea of Rhett suffering is making me sick. Is this a bacterial infection? Neglect?Please help!