Hi, I am a new fish keeper and my fish died today and I want to find out why. I got Confetticake 2 months ago. His colors were so unique and I knew he was the one I wanted. When I first got him, he was off-white and had a blue heart on his double tail (first pic).
However, about 3 days ago, he started to change colors
. His body and fins started changing black/grey
(second pic), but other than that, he still acted normal and ate his pellets and was actively swimming
. I started searching online what might have caused the color change, and got a lot of results of "marble gene." I performed a 50% water change just in case.
2 days passed and he was okay until this morning, when I found him at the bottom of the tank and was leaning was on his side
. I immediately performed a 100% water change because I thought it may have been something in the water. However, when I came back from school today, I found him dead and small pieces of his fins had fallen off and dispersed throughout his tank.... How did he die???
He lived in a 1 gallon tank alone with his rock, fake plant, and Petco gravel. He has a heater, but doesn't have a filter. I made 100% water changes with "Bettabowl Plus" dechlorinator every 5 days. Water temp was always kept at 75-80 degrees and I always make sure the water temp are the same when changing water. I fed him 6 pellets a day and always fed him one pellet at a time just to be sure the no leftover food was left in his water.
RIP my poor Confetticake