My female, Sunny, seems to be ill :(. Here is the story.
both Sunny and Sparta were in their separate sides of the divider. I had been meaning to move them for a few days, but it was time for school so I fed them and left.
I came over and said hello to my fishies. I was surprised to see Sunny laying on the bottom of the tank. (Note: the tank is only 6 inches deep, Sunny and Sparta were separated after an unsuccessful spawn) I got lower and peered into the tank. To my horror, Sparta was in with her!!! There was nowhere for poor Sunny to hide, and she obviously was unable to escape to the other side of the divider. Her right front swim fin was gone, there is only a stub now... Sparta must have played rough and torn it off. I was completely shocked and promptly played tank shuffle. The only available option was an :((( unheated 1g. So she went in there.
I was gone for the weekend and returned around 7 Sunday night.
Sunny was still in her 1g, but she was resting on top of the plants, clearly in distress and having a rough time breathing. I knew it was bad when she fell off her plant and just.. sunk. It appeared to be extremely hard for her to swim to the surface for air. She not using her remaining front fin. NOTE: I also tried to feed Sunny, and she paid no attention to the food.
So I thoroughly scoured the 20g, filled it with about 4in of water, turned the heater to about 81, put a few clean fake plants in for her to rest on, took a few pics, then turned out the light for her to rest. We noticed that she was 'bobbing'. (My mom and I made a new nickname for her "Bob!!!") She is still breathing heavily and swimming minimally.
At first I thought that it was due to live anarchis in her tank. (I did not quarantine it. :( ) But Sparta was also in that tank with the plants, and he was exposed to them even MORE than she was. Sparta shows no sign of illness or distress, and continues to eat hungrily.
Another possibly is that Sparta injured or shocked her in some way. (rejection?? :P)
She also seemed to be pineconing a little bit. But I can really not be sure, as I have never seen pics of pineconing. Her pics don't do justice. Even if she is pineconing, it is very slight, something only someone who was known her for a long time could pick up on.
What size is your tank? 20g, filled 4in, ~5 gallons, split in two. Simply, she is swimming in ~2.5gallons
What temperature is your tank? 81
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? lived with anarchis, shared border with male betta
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? New Light Spectrum Betta Formula
How often do you feed your betta fish? 2 pellets, 1x day, skip 1-2 days per week
How often do you perform a water change? really, really depends, but water was just cleaned
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? conditioner, IAL
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters? no tests
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? slight pinecone(?) very eggy, missing front swim fin
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? lethargicm, not eating
When did you start noticing the symptoms? Friday, when she was attacked
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? clean, warm water
Does your fish have any history of being ill? no
How old is your fish (approximately)? ~1 year (?)
Hope you guys can help in some way.... I really love this little girl and losing her would hurt so much.....