I have had my Dragonscale Crown Tail betta, Charlie, for over a week. I have him in a 1 gallon tank with black rocks at the bottom and a plastic plant. He was very shy when I firsst put him in his new tank, but Charlie came to love the tank and swam more than he slept. But, Charlie spent most of yesterday(07/06) laying at the bottom of the tank. I did some research and found out that it was normal for a betta to sleep a lot. I didn't think much of it because he would frequently go up for air and eat his daily 5 pellets(3 in the morning, 2 at night).
This morning I woke up to him lying under one of the rocks. I poked the tank and he didn't move. I had a little panic attack because I thought he was either stuck or dead. He swam out the moment I opened the lid, but went to lay down again. Charlie has only ate 1 pellet today and has barely swam. He is pale and his fins are thin. I went to Petsmart and told one of the workers my story and she gave me Bettafix. I put some in the tank and he began to swim, but now he is laying down again. His breathing has been fast all day, too.
I'm really worried and fear for the worst. Hes my first betta and I have become extremely attached to him. The tank does have a filter and a light, but no heater. I performed a 50% water change 3 days ago and have not changed the water since. I want to know if I should continue with the Bettafix treatment(which lasts 7 days) or go an alternate route. Please and thankyou!
What size is your tank? 1 gallon
What temperature is your tank? I haven't purchased a thermometer:(
Does your tank have a filter? Yes
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? pellets
How often do you feed your betta fish? 5 pellets a day
How often do you perform a water change? once a week
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 50%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Water conditioner
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters? I have not
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? pale color and his fins have thinned
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? he only lays at the bottom of his tank
When did you start noticing the symptoms? 07/06
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? Bettafix
Does your fish have any history of being ill? none
How old is your fish (approximately)? I have had him for a little over a week. The store never told me his age.