Hi all, I'm really hoping you can help me save my betta. I don't know all the details of his living conditions recently because my mom was taking care of him for me while I was at college, but I'll try to give as many details as I can. My mom has told me some things but I think she feels guilty that he got so sick on her watch, so she also hasn't been giving some info...
What size is your tank?
He was in a 1 gallon tank, then my mom decided to put him in a large glass bowl and he started showing signs of disease. I'm not sure how much water was in the glass bowl, probably a little more than a gallon. The water has lots of surface area.
What temperature is your tank?
I'm not sure since we don't have a thermometer at the moment, but it can't be particularly warm.
Does your tank have a filter?
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration?
Is your tank heated?
What tank mates does your betta fish live with?
What type of food do you feed your betta fish?
BettaMin, which has small flakes and freeze dried brine shrimp.
How often do you feed your betta fish?
My mom has been evasive about this one. She says every few days she gives him some of the food and he was eating it when he was in the other tank, but when she moved him he stopped eating as much. Now he's not eating at all. I fed him some boiled pea and he did his best to chomp on it but I'm not sure anything actually got down.
How often do you perform a water change?
Once again, my mom's been evasive about this one. Probably every two weeks.
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change?
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change?
Jungle Start Right with aloe vera. My mom always lets the water sit for a long time before adding it.
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
Soft, which I think is good.
Could be a bit more alkaline, I think, but my other betta has no problem with this level.
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed?
He's black and red when healthy, but pretty greyish now. In the past he's been greyer and recovered though... His fins show signs of rot. They are smaller then I remember them and have a smoothish black edge that they didn't have before.
How has your betta fish's behavior changed?
He sits on the bottom, kind of propped up on his tail so he's almost vertical. He hardly moves, doesn't eat, only swims if we bother him enough.
When did you start noticing the symptoms?
My mom says she noticed him being lethargic and, to her, looking almost scared when she put him in the new tank. I guess he could have already been sick, though.
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how?
We lowered the water level and added some new water treated with Splendid Betta Complete Water Conditioner.
Does your fish have any history of being ill?
When I first got my two bettas from Petco it seemed like every week one of them was sick and then they'd switch and the other would be sick. Eventually I figured out how to take care of them properly and since then they've been fine.
How old is your fish (approximately)?
I have no idea. We got him from Petco about eight months ago.
Thanks in advance for any help you can give me. I might go and buy aquarium salt and treat him with that. I read that you're not supposed to give them pea for SBD on this forum, so I'll stop doing that. I really don't want to lose this fish, so please, please, if you have any advice I'm listening!!