I am sorry if this is a repeat of another post, but i cant seem to find any with these exact symptoms.
Pan is my male CT, I got him from Petsmart about 2 months ago.
he is usually very energetic and begs for food all the time. i had never seen him rest on a plant or at the bottom, he is usually swimming around.
Now he will not eat and simply sits on his leaf and blows bubbles and seems to be breathing heavy(i dont know how he normally breathes) his fins work just fine he just seems very tired. not injury or fungus or parasite that i can see. no bloat. he responds only when i poke something at him(very gently of course! i wanted to make sure he had not lost mobility)he is blowing bubbles where he sits, very close to the surface on his leaf.
-gets fed once a day aqueon betta pellets. will eat about six, and i usually give into his begging and let him have a few more later in the day(but not every day)
-2 gallon fish bowl
-about 80 degrees F (he has a heater specially for betta fish)
-50% water change about every other day.
-ph, etc tested and is normal. i started closely monitoring it when i noticed his symptoms
-i live in tn so the water is hard
-he has been like this for about two days now.
-he has a live plant(i think is devil's ivy) my sister keeps her betta with one and has had no problems. i added the plant about 3 weeks to a month ago.
-ammonia was .25 so i treated for it. the bottle didnt say how long it took so i gave each treatment 20 min and retested. this was about 3 this afternoon and so far there is no change.
-no loss of color
-no filter or air stone
is it ammonia poisoning and just needs time to get out of his system? have i stressed him with too frequent water changes? water too hot? please help! thanks