Hi everyone. This is my first post and unfortunately, it's not a happy one. Yesterday, I rescued two bettas from a pet store, one of which I am very worried for. I hadn't planned on getting two fish, but when I saw this little guy, he seemed barely alive and I just had to get him out of there.
First off, he looks skinny, with fins clamped and barely moving. His color is dull. I noticed he has brassy/brown patches on his head near the gills. I started to worry he has velvet, so have kept him in the dark..but I don't see gold specks on his body, and am wondering if this might be part of his natural color. Last night, he continued to lay on the bottom of the tank, and at one point was turned on his side. Today, he is still very lethargic, but I have seen him come to the surface for air and he reacts to flashlight and movement of the bowl. He also ate 2 pellets. I added dried oak leaves, after reading they may be beneficial.
Does velvet seem likely? Or could the brown spots indicate ammonia burn or something else? And what more could I do for him? Not sure what to do about temperature..I don't have a heater for hospital bowl, but have two larger tanks that stay 78-80F. If I were to float him in one, I would have to downsize his container even more and I'm not sure if the other betta in tank would add stress.
I will post pictures.
What size is your tank? In quarantine about 1/2 gallon
What temperature is your tank? 82 F
Does your tank have a filter? no
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? none
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? hikari biogold betta
How often do you feed your betta fish? fed 2 pellets today
How often do you perform a water change? 100% daily
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? Tetra Aquasafe Plus, aquarium salt, dried oak leaves
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? Hard to tell, got him yesterday
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? Since yesterday, has came to surface more
When did you start noticing the symptoms? Was sick when I got him
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? Added 1/8tsp aquarium salt and several oak leaves to water. Keeping in a dark, warm room.
Does your fish have any history of being ill? N/A
How old is your fish (approximately)? Most likely less than 1yr.