My betta Archie hasn't been eating for a couple of days. And I've just noticed that he just hangs out near his hammock at the top of the water column. He was pretty active, but nowadays, he's not moving as much, but I didn't really notice, since I get home after 6, and his light's not on (we switch his light to the blue LED around 5 to control algae growth).
He lives in a 5 gallon tank, and I've been adding 5 drops a day everyday of the Macro/Micro Nutrient fert from aquariumfertilizer.com
. And every so often (maybe alternate days) I'd add some liquid CO2 via Flourish Excel.
I thought it might be the weather, so I raised the temp on his heater to 80ish (the theo heater has a dial that goes from 79 to 83, but in between are just dots). I also did a 50% water change. I checked the ammonia with a strip, and it's at the ideal level.
I've also noticed that some of the banana lilies' leaves are turning yellow, but I thought it was just natural that that happened.
Found some snails in there, probably hitchhikers from one of the plant packages I bought, but I don't think that hurt any, as they've been showing up for a couple of weeks now, and he's only been acting this way since Thursday or so.
I've only had him for about 8 months, bought him from Petco.
Let me know if this is cause for concern.
This is him hanging out on the hammock. He seems to be doing it more now than usual.
What size is your tank?
What temperature is your tank?
Approximately 79 degrees
Does your tank have a filter?
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration?
Is your tank heated?
What tank mates does your betta fish live with?
Snails that have tagged along one of the plant packages, plants
What type of food do you feed your betta fish?
Top Fin Betta pellets
How often do you feed your betta fish?
Twice a day, about 3 pellets each. At least once a week, I'll skip a feeding or 2.
How often do you perform a water change?
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change?
50% o 75%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change?
Stability, Prime, and I've been using drops of ferts, 5 drops a day. Stopped it now, though. I've used Algaefix or something like that for algae, but since I switched bulbs, haven't used it.
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
Not sure, but according to the strip, it's in the ideal level
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed?
Well, he's not moving around as much, so maybe his fins aren't as flowing/flowy.
How has your betta fish's behavior changed?
He doesn't patrol the tank as much. He used to flare a bit, inspecting every inch of tank. Now he just hangs around, using the plants to support his tail or fins.
When did you start noticing the symptoms?
Thursday morning, when he wouldn't eat. He'd usually follow the cylinder of betta pellets when I'd show it to him, then eat the food almost immediately when they drop.
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how?
Haven't really. Just did a 50% water change.
Does your fish have any history of being ill?
No real history. Some of his fins might have curled a bit, but I read that might have been genetic.
How old is your fish (approximately)
He's only been with me for a little under 8 months, don't know how old he was when I got him from Petco