I'm desperately hoping I can get some advice as to what I can do for my blue male betta, Kuiper.
I bought him from a reputable aquarium and he was quite small. My logic was - the smaller, the younger - and that he would grow. There were no issues at all for the first three or so months but it has been all downhill from there. 1 year later and he's been up and down, sick and then healthy again after suggested treatment, only to become 'unwell' again not long after, the previous treatment no longer being effective.
The thing is, I've never been able to put my finger on just what is wrong with the poor little guy - and now he's really really sick.
Your help would be immensely appreciated!
What size is your tank? 17 litres
What temperature is your tank? 27 degrees
Does your tank have a filter? Yes, under gravel with.. uh, like a 3 step bio filter in the back compartment.
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? No stone, but there's an output thingy that streams water from the back part. It's angled so it doesn't produce a current but still creates some surface tension.
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? Pellets
How often do you feed your betta fish? Twice a day, morning and night. Fed 1-3 each meal time but over time he wouldn't eat as much and it became 1 each meal time. Now, I'm lucky if he'll eat 1 during either time I try to feed him.
How often do you perform a water change? Weekly, bi-weekly.
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 25-50%.
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Prime and aquarium salt.
Have you tested your water? I have my water tested at my local aquarium. I was told the water was good, although on one occasion the salt content was 10 times what it should have been. I promptly corrected this over a number of water changes.
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? His fins have shrunk to nothing. He's lost weight. His gills stick out.
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? He spits out his food or shows no interest in it, hides from me, sits on the bottom of the tank and looks like he's having trouble breathing.
When did you start noticing the symptoms? 6 months, give or take. He's come good after treatment in the past but this last episode has been going on for about 1-2 weeks. New symptoms being a clamped tail and hiding.
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? Aquarium salt, raising the tempersture, more frequent water changes and pimafix.
Does your fish have any history of being ill? Yes.. :(
How old is your fish (approximately)? 1.5 years.
When I first got him: