I got a poor little red VT from my niece, who was not taking care of him.
He's very sick, and might not live too long. About an hour ago he tried to eat a piece of gravel. Thinking he was hungry, I tried feeding him and he wouldn't eat a thing. I took all the gravel out of his tank, but I don't know why he did it. Maybe he's stressed or bored?
What size is your tank? 1 Gallon
What temperature is your tank? 80F
Does your tank have a filter? No
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? My niece fed him TetraBetta Mini Pellets, but I thought he wasn't eating because they were too big, so I bought API Premium Betta Pellets. Going to try bloodworms later today.
How often do you feed your betta fish? Twice daily, but he doesn't eat.
How often do you perform a water change? Daily
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? Topfin Betta Water Conditioner, 1/2 teaspoon of Aq. Salt, 1/5 tablet of Jungle Lifeguard
Have you tested your water? Have not tested. If so, what are the following parameters?
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed?
I just got him four days ago, but he's very pale, with clamped fins that look like they're rotting. He also has shiny (not cottony) white spots on his head.
How has your betta fish's behavior changed?
He's very lethargic, and doesn't eat (except for when he tried to eat the gravel). He floats at the top of the tank and tries to sit on top of the heater. I got him a (silk) plant to rest on, but he seems to prefer the heater.
When did you start noticing the symptoms?
He looked horrible the first day I saw him, but I didn't notice the rock eating until today.
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how?
I've been doing 100% water changes daily, adding 1/2 teaspoon Aq. Salt to water with every change, and Jungle Lifeguard All in One because I think he may have multiple diseases.
Does your fish have any history of being ill?
Honestly, I'm surprised he's lived this long. My sister says he was never very active, but they kept him in a cold bowl with no plants or toys.
How old is your fish (approximately)?
They had him for about four months, so he's probably close to 1.5 years.
I know there might not much hope for this little guy, but I'd like to get him better if I can, or at least make him comfortable.