I had done a 100% water change last week and I noticed the other day that my poor Squishy is not himself. Last night I was under the impression that he was gasping for his last breaths and tried to figure out the problem ASAP. With my fiance's help we discovered I had used 2x the amount of water treatment and figured he could not breathe properly in this condition. This assumption was made by observing how he stays at the top of the tank with his mouth right at the tip if the water like he is gasping for air. Last night he was on his side and at times almost belly up. We did another 100% water change with what we believe to be the right amount of water treatment. He is swimming around more but still gasps for air at the top (if that is what he is indeed doing) and is nolonger on his side or nearly belly up. He has not been eating and still did not eat this morning. Is there anything I can do to help my dear Squishy?
What size is your tank? 2.5 gallons
What temperature is your tank? I do not know
Does your tank have a filter? no
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? freeze dried blood worms, he is picky
How often do you feed your betta fish? every morning
How often do you perform a water change? usually monthly, he was a happy active fish until a week ago
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?
aquaphina + water treatment
Have you tested your water? never
If so, what are the following parameters?
Ammonia: Nitrite: Nitrate: pH: Hardness: Alkalinity:
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? his colour is a little paler and his mouth seems..hazy?? Like the texture changed
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? he is about 25% his normal activity, not eating, 'gasping for air', swimming into the corners, just falls downwards once in awhile from the gasping state
When did you start noticing the symptoms? a few days ago
Have you started treating your fish? unsure what to do so did 100% water change with proper amount of treatment stuff
Does your fish have any history of being ill? no
How old is your fish (approximately)? Uhhm... I don't have a clue