New male HM was happily swimming yesterday. Looked fine this morning, and ate 2 Aqueon Betta Pellets for breakfast. Tonight, I got home, and he was lying on the bottom, tilted on his side.... The water felt slimy, which it hadn't been previously, so I did a 100% water change and added 2 teaspoons of Epsom salts per gallon to his new water.
Several minutes later, he started flashing back and forth, as if the salt was bothering him, so I diluted it. He is now floating at the surface.
He is in the tank where another new betta died last week, possible of the "blue betta mystery disease." I'd washed the tank, heater and plants with dilute bleach, rinsed with water and vinegar, rinsed again, and let everything air dry. He's been in this tank since Sunday (four days now).
What size is your tank? 3 gallon critter keeper
What temperature is your tank? 78 - 79 F (Did a water change, then added water to dilute the Epsom salt, so temp dropped a bit.)
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, but it's nonadjustable
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? None
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Aqueon Betta Pellets
How often do you feed your betta fish? 2-3 pellets / 2x per day
How often do you perform a water change? He was just put in this tank on Sunday. (Got him Saturday. Did a 4.5 hour acclimation into a 1 gallon tank. Transferred him to this 3 gal. on Sunday.)
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? (None yet. He was going to get a partial tonight.)
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Top Fin Water Conditioner
Ammonia: I tested another tank, since I'd been in a rush to get a water change done. Using the API Ammonia Test, it looks like the other tank is just over 0.0, but less than the next category up which is 0.25. I also has a Seachem Ammonia Alert inside the other tank, and it's showing "safe" - but I'm not sure how accurate it is, as it's something new.
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? Pale color, stress stripes.
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? Was lying on bottom, now staying at the surface. Only using pectoral fins. Is not moving rest of body.
When did you start noticing the symptoms? Tonight.
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? 2 teaspoons Epsom salt per gallon. BUT within a few minutes, he looked very agitated so I added new water to dilute the Epsom salt.
Does your fish have any history of being ill? Has seemed VERY healthy since bringing him home ont Saturday. Was VERY active. Symptoms first seen tonight (but I wasn't home during the day.)
How old is your fish (approximately)? Young? He's smaller than my other 2 bettas.