Sorry for just blurting in here, but I have a problem with one of my females that is currently in QT for a sorority.
Just so we get all the info out there: I am currently QTing 5 females for a sorority in a well planted 55 "community" tank.
What size is your tank? QT in their cups
What temperature is your tank? room temperature about 75F
Does your tank have a filter? no**
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? no**
Is your tank heated? no
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? none
** as they are QT in their cups, they receive twice daily 100% water changes.
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? (thawed) frozen blood worms, omega one tropical flakes
How often do you feed your betta fish? 1-2 times daily
How often do you perform a water change? twice 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? Seachem Prime
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? declined/see below
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? declined/see below
When did you start noticing the symptoms? immediately after purchase
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? keeping water pristine
Does your fish have any history of being ill? new fish
How old is your fish (approximately)? purchased about 1 week ago
One of my girls was already acting off when I first got her, although I had not noticed that at the LFS.
She is very lethargic, just hanging right there below the surface, clamping, pale, quite disinterested even in defrosted blood worms. Today I also noticed some "dusting" on her, I think this may be fungus?
I never had a fish with fungus, so I am not sure if this really is what that is.
I also am not sure how to treat for this? I'm already keeping the params in check, but she still declined, so I don't think that pristine water quality is doing any good for her so far.
EDIT: And I am not sure how important this is, but she did jump out of her cup earlier after I took the photo/s and failed to put the lid back on. I never ever had a betta or any fish jump (I'm keeping fish for almost 5 years, got my first betta 1.5 years ago).
Things I have on hand in my fish medicine cabinet is salt, pimafix, melafix, metronidazole powder and metro-meds.
I found info that this might be columnaris, but I hope it's not. A columnaris infection wiped out 85% of my angelfish stock half a year ago within 60 hours; only with luck, a harsh 10hr HP bath and double doses metro I could save my (now) only remaining angel :(
Here is a photo from a few days ago, and one I took just an hour ago. You can see how much she has declined within a week :(
The other four females are doing great. Very active, very hungry and feisty, just the way I like them. But little red sure is not doing well :) :)
Thanks a lot for any kind of help, I really want to get this girl to pull through! :)
I know she was only 99 cent at Petsmart's sale, but I don't just want to give up on her
It breaks my heart to see her this unhappy.