Housing What size is your tank? 6.6 gallons (Hosp tank 1 Gallon)
What temperature is your tank? 80 (Hosp tank 79-80)
Does your tank have a filter? Yes ( Hosp tank no)
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? No
Is your tank heated? Yes ( hosp tank, no heater but I have the thermometer in there and it's staying at 79-80. I don't have a heater for a one gallon and afraid to use the one from his 6.6 gallon tank because I've read you shouldn't use heaters in small tanks. So I have his 1 gallon acrylic hosp tank sitting on the heating pad on the lowest setting and it seems to be keeping the tank right at 79-80) I am watching the temp religiously to make sure it doesn't get to hot, it also has a auto shut off so it's more likely it will get too cold before too hot, which is also why I check it every twenty mins. I only did this this morning, last night he did not have any heat source and this morning his hosp tank was at 77
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? None until last week when I added an Otto and two ghost shrimp. (stupid I know but I didn't think to quarantine these before adding to his tank, I'm so mad at myself for not doing that! I know better...). We also added a moss ball. Yesterday, after finding out more about keeping Otto's, I took him back to the fish store because I didn't feel I could provide ideal conditions and besides, Gandalf really didn't like him. Gandalf ignores the shrimp, but would chase the otto. (Hosp tank, none)
Food What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Aqueon Betta Food pellets / Tetra Freeze Dried Blood Worms / Omega One Natural Protein Formula Betta Buffet pellets.
How often do you feed your betta fish? Aqueon: 2-3 pellets in am and pm. Blood worms: I've only given him these about three times in the 5 months I've had him because they seem to contribute to swim bladder issues even when I soak them first. After the first time I gave him them I didn't give him any until about a month ago at which time I gave him 2 and he seemed to handle them fine. Then 2 days ago I gave him (or rather put some, about 3-4) in his tank for the shrimp, I soaked them until they sank, but I fear Gandalf found them because he seemed a little bloated later that day. The Omega One I just picked up yesterday when I took the Otto back to the PETCO because I read they should have variety. I gave him 2 pellets last night instead of the Aqueon pellets. He is not bloated this morning.
Maintenance How often do you perform a water change? 2x week
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 2 gallons, so with a 6.6 gallon tank, once you take into consideration everything that's in the tank it's probably closer to 5 gallons of water, so I think that's averaging out to be close to 40-45%? What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Prime
Water Parameters: Have you tested your water? Yes, using API Freshwater Master Test Kit
If so, what are the following parameters? Last test was Sept 1
Nitrate: 5.0ppm (due to this number I did a 40% water change right after testing)
pH: Did not test since it's always the same (7.6 and I know you shouldn't try to adjust it anyway so I didn't test this time)
Hardness: I don't have a test for this so I don't know
Alkalinity: Isn't this the same as PH? Sorry, new to all this...
Symptoms and Treatment How has your betta fish's appearance changed? Last night it seemed to me that he was getting quite pink all through his tail, however he seems to be a marble and is changing everyday, so I'm not sure what's normal anymore. This morning the pink seems to have gone away and he looks a little pale, I'm not sure, he's always been such a "non color" (see pics in album) and now with the marbling it's hard to say.
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? Yesterday I noticed that when he stopped swimming his back end would want to sink, and he'd hang there pointing up. Then every once in a while he would dart around, then lay on the bottom. He's not breathing fast but does seem lethargic and not as active as usual. He does still come to the front when he sees me and wants to eat, he ate last night and I gave him 2 Aqueon pellets this morning that he also ate. Also I noticed this morning that his tail seems to be shredding / missing parts and his dorsal fin seems clamped when he's just laying on the bottom but does fan out when he swims.
When did you start noticing the symptoms? Approx 2 days ago.
Have you started treating your fish? Yes
If so, how? I put him in the 1 gallon tank with clean, treated with prime, warm water last night. This morning I changed 100% water and added aquarium salt. I only have about 4 inches of water in the tank so he doesn't have to struggle to get to the surface. (I treated a one gallon container with the aquarium salt first, then filled the tank 4 inches or so)
Does your fish have any history of being ill? When I first got him (April) he had a lot of issues with swim bladder. Changing his substrate from sand to gravel (I caught him eating the sand) fasting, and soaking his pellets first seemed to have cleared that up.
How old is your fish (approximately)? No idea, he was the same size he is now when I got him in April. I assume he's an adult but don't now how many years old he is.
I don't know what else to ask, or tell you. I'm wondering if he got some sort of parasite from the Otto, shrimp or mass ball? I know from reading here that starting out treating with salt before any meds is best, but how long do I wait change treatments if I don't see any improvement? I hate to think of him not feeling well, he seems to have gone from swimming all over, investigating his tank, interacting with me, fins full and flowing to lethargic, clamped dorsal, shredded tail in 24 hours. :( I,m afraid I won't do what's needed in time to reverse whatever has made him sick. Any advice would be greatly appreciated! Please let me know what you think may be wrong and if I should do anything else and when. Thank you. Sorry for such a long post but I figured the more info you had the better. I will tr to get a pic of him in his hosp tank and post in my albums. Thank you.