What size is your tank? 3 gal
What temperature is your tank? between 78 and 84 F
Does your tank have a filter? yes
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? yes
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? Aqueon betta food pellets
How often do you feed your betta fish? 2 in am 3 in pm
How often do you perform a water change? weekly
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? Seachem Prime
Have you tested your water? yes If so, what are the following parameters?
Ammonia: 0.25 ppm
Nitrite: 0 ppm
Nitrate: at least 10 ppm
pH: Between 7.4 and 8
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? dark red spot on head
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? not swimming as much, hangs out around the bottom, STOPPED EATING (was ALWAYS excited about food), seems to be "breathing" hard
When did you start noticing the symptoms? last week for the red spot, this morning for the swimming, breathing and eating issue
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? Don't know how, just keeping the light off for now, trying not to stress her out much.
Does your fish have any history of being ill? only due to stress...no issues lately except for the red spot on her head. It was there when I got her, but not as dark.
How old is your fish (approximately)? 7 or 8 weeks since I've gotten her
I'm not going to be home much for the weekend either. I'm so afraid to leave her alone! I'm afraid she could have Nitrate poisoning. Or something else is wrong...but I don't know.