What size is your tank? 2 Gallons
What temperature is your tank? 78-82 degrees (I have a strip thermometer and it's showing somewhere in between.
Does your tank have a filter? Yes
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? No
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Some type of betta pellet given to me by a friend and Aqueon Betta Treat Freeze-dried bloodworms
How often do you feed your betta fish? Once a day, though he hasn't eaten yet.
How often do you perform a water change? Haven't yet.
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? N/A
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? I conditioned water with Tetra AquaSafe PLus
Have you tested your water? No
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? None.
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? Only stays at surface of tank
When did you start noticing the symptoms? As soon as I got him, two days ago
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? I treated the water with API Bettafix because his fins seemed tattered
Does your fish have any history of being ill? Not sure
How old is your fish (approximately)? No idea
Hello! I'm new to this board and to the world of betta fish. I picked up my little guy, Steve Buscemi at Petco two days ago. As soon as I put him in the tank he stayed near the top. I assumed it was due to acclimation stress so I let him be.
I initially had no heater for the tank, because the tank was a hand me down from a roomate who had recently lost her two year old betta to old age. The first night I did tons of reading about bettas to find that they did indeed need a heater. The next morning I woke up to a freezing room. I immediately ran out and got him a Marina 8W mini heater. He still seemed sluggish and stayed near the top. I've tried feeding him twice now (both pellet and treat) but he isn't interested.
Attached are a few pictures of him. The most worrying to me of course is when he leans up against the side. I thought he was dead yesterday when I got home from work yesterday because he was just floating near the heater. After some coaxing he came out.
Since I put the heater in he does seem a bit happier, and flits around a bit but doesn't seem to want to descend past 3 inches down. Could this be part of the acclimation process? I'm not too worried about the eating, I've read that they often don't eat right away. I just want to make sure he's healthy and happy! Please let me know if I should be concerned and anything else I can do to help him thrive.
When I came home to him near the heater
An example of him leaning against the tank
And just a few for his color:
Thank you so much in advance!