Hi..I just joined about 10 mins & unfortunately I am already in the Emergency forum
I've had my Betta Fish for 4 weeks (1st fish ever). She was purchased from a small Pet Store in Ellicott City. She was initially moved into a bowl with room temperature water and gravel, however after doing some research, thought it would be best to move her into a bigger tank with heater and plant decor. I purchased 1.6 gallon tank with a Tetra heater which is suppose to keep tank at 78 degrees. Tank actually stayed between 74-76 degrees. This Monday, I decided I can do much better...purchased a new heater (Top Fin 25 Watt) and 5 gallon tank. On Monday, Caydence was very lively, swimming all around in her newly spaced tank (set temp to 78 degrees, gradually increased to 80 degrees this morning). Now today, Wednesday, she is not as active and lays at the bottom of the tank resting on rocks or under heater. She still swims around when the tank light is on, or when I come to the glass or when I feed her. I am a little concerned I may have done something wrong when I placed her in the new tank. I did noticed a change in her fin colors. Caydence appears to have a silver-ish line on her fins. I did not notice this 4 weeks ago, but I started to see the silver in her fins about 2 weeks ago. But I did not think much of it. Any help is sooo appreciated!!! Please let me know if I need to include more details...tried not to ramble.
What size is your tank? 5 gallon
What temperature is your tank? 80
Does your tank have a filter? Yes. Cut filter off today. I think it too strong for my betta...kinda pushes her around when she swims close
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? No
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? Hikari's Tropical, Betta Bio-Gold
How often do you feed your betta fish? 6 pellets, 6 days a wk. Do not feed on Sunday.
How often do you perform a water change? 100% once a week in 1.6 gallon. Only had for 4 wks, so THREE 100% water changes so far
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?Betta safe water conditioner
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
No. I will purchase the test tomorrow and update.
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? I believe the fins as described earlier
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? Not as active, lays at the bottom.
When did you start noticing the symptoms? today
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? No
Does your fish have any history of being ill? Not to my knowledge
How old is your fish (approximately)? I was told she wasn't fully developed when she was purchased.
PICS: First 2 are from Monday, her first day in the 5 gallon tank. The rest of the pics I took this evening ( 2 days later). She is less energetic, has silver-ish ton to fins. She has not fully or possibly cannot expanded her fins as in the first pic. They seem quite stiff.