-Essay sized post coming up, sorry! I'm just super worried. x.x-
What size is your tank? Original tank 3.5 gallons, moved to a smaller tank for easier water changes while he's sick and so he can reach the surface easier.
What temperature is your tank? 78 degrees
Does your tank have a filter? No
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? No
Is your tank heated? Yes.
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? None
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Pellets.
How often do you feed your betta fish? As many as he will eat once a day. He usually eats about 5 pellets before stopping.
How often do you perform a water change? Varies.(I'll explain below.)
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? Between 50 to 100%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Water conditioner, aquarium salt, and occasionally two drops of pH up or down, depending on if I'm at home or school.
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
-I used a strip test so I don't know exact, but this is what it says.-
Ammonia: The color of the test water matched the safe color so, I think it's around 0.
Nitrite: 0? (I don't know how this happened, the chart has all pink colors...the strip turned yellow? Although on closer inspection the center is white, the edges are what's yellow.)
Hardness: 150 hard
Alkalinity: About 120
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? Pieces of his fins have fallen off, and his color is less vibrant.
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? Sits at the bottom of the tank, hardly moving. This morning he stopped using his gills and is now resting on the cord of his heater to breathe from the surface.
When did you start noticing the symptoms? When I switched him back into his tank after traveling home from college.(He was there with me.)
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? Bettafix, the suggested dose for two days.
Does your fish have any history of being ill? No, other than maybe having mild fin rot.
How old is your fish (approximately)? I've had him for 7 months.
Alright so I got my fish Chaos about 7 months ago. I had him in a 3.5 gallon fish bowl with a heater, thermometer, and some decorations. He has been happy and healthy for all of those 7 months! I thought he started to show some signs of fin rot a month or so back, but with all of the conflicting treatment methods I've seen online, I stuck to just doing water changes because honestly, it was hard to tell if he actually had it or not.
I had him with me at college, and due to lack of space in my dorm I couldn't move up to a 5 gallon tank, and also wasn't sure if I could even use a filter in a bowl so, he didn't have one.(I'm still not sure if I could get him one.) I did 50% water changes about once a week, and every month or so would do a 100% water change so I could clean up dropped food, ect.(He tended to eat almost everything I gave him, so there wasn't much.) Like I said, he's been happy and healthy with that and his bowl was never cloudy or disgusting.
The only time he wasn't happy was over thanksgiving break when I brought him home. He sat in his bowl, barely swimming, and it seemed he had trouble breathing. I thought that it might be the sudden change from my dorm tap water, to my houses, so when I brought him back to school I used about 40% water from home, 60% water from school. He perked back up and was completely fine. The next time I brought him home I brought a gallon and a half of school water with me, and mixed it with my home tap, and he was fine.
I don't know what changed, because I did the same thing when I brought him home for the summer(This was on the 23rd.)and that's when everything went downhill. He took to hiding in the skull decoration I have in his tank where it's dark, and would only come out if I moved the water in the bowl a bit. He ate for the first three days, then had one pellet the next day, then stopped. After that he just sat on the ground of his tank, moving his arm fins but that's it.(Or going back to hiding in the skull.) I honestly did not think he would make it through the night two nights ago, and was even more surprised to find him alive today.
This morning I set up a new "tank" for him, it's a small container, probably about 1.5 gallons of water in it. I did this so I could more easily change his water daily, and so that he didn't have to swim as far for the surface. As soon as I put him in there, I noticed something was really off. His gills weren't moving AT ALL. He had completely stopped using them. He would sit at the bottom unmoving for 30 seconds before swimming back up to breathe a few times, just to sink to the bottom again. After doing this for about 5 minutes, he started trying to use his gills again, he was flaring them out, but only one was opening all of the way, but clearly this wasn't working because he kept having to climb to the surface. Now his gills are pulsing a little, but he's sitting on the cord to his heater, right at the surface of the water so he can breathe without having to swim up there. He's been there for two hours now. I read that Bettafix can hurt a betta's gills, but there was none in the new tank, and he only stopped using them then. The water was the same temperature as his old bowl and I had the same additives as always.
I just tested his water and nothing seems to be terribly wrong, although I'm hoping one of you will have a better idea of what the measurements mean than I do. The only thing I know for certain, is that when I tested the pH of the water at school, it turned yellow-green, and when I tested it at home, it turned deep blue, so obviously there's quite a jump there, but that's why I mixed the two. Was it still too sudden? I just have no idea what sort of action to take, and I'm so worried about him! I can't imagine that he's going to last much longer... :(