Hello! Long time lurker here, but finally decided to open an account. Thanks for all the good info so far!
So Tulip has been very "sad" lately -- he used to swim all around, but for the past week or so has been only laying at the bottom inside whatever hiding spot he has (I switch them up every week, so for the past few days he has had a diving mask/helmet and before that a neon groovy cave). He only comes out when I'm around and only goes up to breathe or eat. He is still eating 3-5 pellets twice a day (which gives me hope!) And he was making a ton of bubbles about two weeks ago.
What size is your tank? 5 gallon with a divider -- Tulip lives with R2-D2 (hey, my kids are 5 haha)
What temperature is your tank? 76-78 (in Hawaii so no need for a heater)
Does your tank have a filter? Yes
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? No
Is your tank heated? No
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? Just R2
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Hikari Betta Bio-Gold pellets
How often do you feed your betta fish? 3-5 pellets twice a day
How often do you perform a water change? once a week
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 100%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Splendid Betta Complete Water Conditioner and Stress Zyme
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
Ammonia: In the "ideal" range (<.25)
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? Can't really tell, but he looks sad. Maybe skinnier?
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? He only lays down now.
When did you start noticing the symptoms? About a week ago.
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? Changed the water.
Does your fish have any history of being ill? About a month ago, he did that thing where he was vertical at the bottom of the tank (standing on his lips), but was fine after a water change.
How old is your fish (approximately)? Not sure, but we've had him at least four months.
Tulip in April:
Thanks in advance!