What size is your tank? 5 gallons
What temperature is your tank? 80-82F
Does your tank have a filter? yes
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? Flakes (Betta Medley maybe? I forgot the specific brand)
How often do you feed your betta fish? 1-2 times a day with occasional fasting days
How often do you perform a water change? Depends on water parameters
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 40%-70%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Betta Safe
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? Only difference is clamped fins.
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? Extremely lethargic and disinterested in food.
When did you start noticing the symptoms? about a week ago.
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? No, I'm not completely sure what is wrong with him.
Does your fish have any history of being ill? No.
How old is your fish (approximately)? 1 year old.
For the past week or so my betta has been really lethargic and sometimes he doesn't even come up for food. Every now and then he will move but mostly he just sits inside of the log I have in his tank. There are no external signs of sickness or disease, so I don't know what is going on.
I am a college student and I kept him with me when I was at school this past year. Here is what has been going on since I have been home this summer.
When we first got him back home and set his tank back up he was fine as always. He would swim around, eat like a pig, and build bubble nests.
Here is what has happened over the course of the past couple months. I noticed that my snail's shell was deteriorating (the snail has since then died). But in order to give the snail more calcium, I added calcium pills to the water. I also added some cuttlebone. My betta never showed any signs of being in distress or anything from these additions. He continued on just like always. A few days ago I checked the water parameters and the nitrite had spiked up to 1.0. I detoxified it with prime until I could change the water later that evening. Now the parameters are back to normal but my betta isn't. A couple of days ago the snail died so I removed him and the cuttlebone. I also did a large water change (around 80%-90%) in order to remove anything that the snail may have released into the water (I wasn't sure exactly how many hours the snail had been dead). Even though the water is clean and the parameters are okay, he is still not back to normal. I am not 100% sure on what could be wrong with him.
Something I did notice though is that usually the pH of his tank is higher, around the 7.8-8.4 range. Today when I checked it, the pH was 6.4 and the pH of the tap water is around 7.6. Could this be something that is affecting him?