Hello everyone! I am brand new to the site here, and brand new to owning a fish.
I bought a Beautiful, lively red/white betta fish yesterday from Petland.
It is now gravely ill i fear.
I transfered it from its baggie into its new home (a fairly large fish bowl, with new rocks / a plant / a rock peice - all rinsed with hot water) and put room temperature ish , leaning towards a bit colder, into the tank. I than transfered our new betta (named Marsden) into the bowl.
He loved it and was very lively, explored it all, seemed to be having the time of his life! I fed him 3 pellets yesterday spread out through the day.
I woke up this morning to him being extremely lethargic, no appetite or lively hood, staying directly at the top (hes tried swimming downwards twice now and his rear seems to float him back to the top?) wont use his side fins, but his tail to move around. I have also noticed some white cloud/fuzz around his chest area? that i did not notice yesterday. His gills also dont seem to be moving rapidly, and he only moves every.... 15 minutes? to lift his little head less than a cm to the surface and makes one large bubble that instantly disappears.
The change in his behaviour is so drastic i just know something is wrong. At first i thought maybe he was in shock and to leave him be, but i noticed the white fuzz about 2 hours ago and knew i had to search online to find out what was wrong.
I am a new fish owner and eager to learn how to care for my betta, and hopefully save it cause i fear the worst. I know some of you reading this thread will probably laugh at my descriptions, as ive tried to decipher some of the other threads to figure out whats wrong, and its like trying to understand another language!
Please help me and my new family member!