What size is your tank? 3 gallons
What temperature is your tank? 80*F
Does your tank have a filter? Yes
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? Small air stone.
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? API Betta pellets (b/c she is so small)
How often do you feed your betta fish? only fed her once so far, 2 small pellets
How often do you perform a water change? Just did a 2/3 change to take out AQ salt
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 2/3 just now
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? API Tap Water Conditioner
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
Ammonia: 0.5 (naturally in water)
Hardness:0 (very soft)
Alkalinity: 300 (high)
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? She has unclamped but still has stress stripes.
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? In her cup she is curious & active, in the tank she lays on the bottom and is breathing very hard.
When did you start noticing the symptoms? About an hour ago when I got home.
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? I took her out of the tank, put her in her cup, changed 2/3 of her water to get rid of some of the AQ salt I had put in there (after dissolving it in water first) and am now floating her in her tank.
Does your fish have any history of being ill? Not sure...
How old is your fish (approximately)? Young, she is small.
I got a new betta today after Lucky's death this morning...she is a lovely little CT female named Skye. Well, Skye is very small but seems overall healthy. I fed her 2 small pellets (I call them baby pellets) and she ate them. She is swimming around in her cup right now, curious. But earlier, when I first acclimated her and put her in her tank, she just swam to the bottom, resting there and breathing hard. I am worried that once I let her go again she will do the same thing. I am worried because that is what Lucky was doing last night and I found him dead this morning...I don't want to lose another one :(
I didn't have this problem with Leo (my other betta) when I got him 2 months ago. Am I doing something wrong this time? I have added water to her cup over a period of 20-ish minutes and am now just letting her float. I added only dechlorinator this time (it detoxifies chlorine, chloramine & heavy metals) and nothing else.
I'm worried about her :(