Before today this fish has been in a smallish 1/2 to 1/3 gallon cointainer with too much food that sat on top then separated then sunk, was cleaned 100% weekly in a stressful manner (I had no instruction was moving it between multiple cups in an attempt to insure water was completely new, hadnt paid attention to temperature until I saw betta swimming in circles over and over, so stressful movement and temperature changes as I attempted to stabiliize temperature to what I felt was ok using finger to test and adding cold/hot water sometimes with fish inside in short periods, but noticing behavior difference when stressed and learning about how to properly do things and bettas in general brought me closer to fish and inspired me to learn and buy current setup I have)
Before you freak out about me not caring about animals, I care about them soooooooooooo much I just had zero knowledge on how to do fish care and had no idea how to do things but ive spent 30+ hours researching to get him the best home I can.
Also my gf has transported him all over the place in small containers and never used heaters and had inconsistence cleaning of water and hes been fine so this guy is a strong survivor)
What size is your tank? 10 gallon with ~8 gallons filled
What temperature is your tank? Measured his unheated at 70 and dialed it up by 1 degree/hour in his new heated slowly to 80
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? Pellets, brought him bloodworms to reward his patience with my learning how to make his life awesome
How often do you feed your betta fish? Had been daily pellets, now will be 1 pellet/day
How often do you perform a water change? New water today in new tank ill do as advised
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? All
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Prime, (Complete and concentrated conditioner for fresh and salt water removes chlorine, chloramine, and ammoniaDetoxifies nitrite and nitrate and provides a protective slime coat for your fishUse at start-up and whenever adding or replacing water)
Have you tested your water? No If so, what are the following parameters?
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed?
How has your betta fish's behavior changed?He has been wonky. When I got him prepped (had learned, so I got him into a glass cup with old water, let him sit there but he started to swim like crazy maybe because of more stressful changes prior when I wasnt as calm reminding him to anticipate stress (i feel like hes more skittish when cupped than before because I wasnt aware of how to handle), then cup held in tank for a bit to normalize temps, then he was still freaking a little, slowly added water from tank to cup while still holding in cup, eventually let him in as he calmed down but stress started up with frequent movements), he swam around, took things in, he started to swim around edges and also across the tank, seeming happy snd content, looking at wall, kinda jerky movements, after I used hand to remove most airbubbles from side cuz I thought they might stress still mainly focused on walls on tank fast movements jerky, after watching worried I noticed eyes did not match, one was a little larger and fully black didnt have white/clear ring around pupil
When did you start noticing the symptoms? Tonight
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? Turned heat up to 80* slowly
Does your fish have any history of being ill? He gets wigged when water changes, gf said he didnt eat for A few days after she drove him in car for 3 hrs in cup
How old is your fish (approximately)? No idea
I know he'll be ok cuz hes very resilient but ive gotten extremely emotionally attached as I cannot stand when I notice humans or animals emotionally upset so I want to work on that eye.
I have red solo cups I cut with scissors into 3 diff hiding/play structures. I had one I added yesterday he had for a lil over a day in his prior container so is it possible he ran into the sides of that where cutting occured? The tank will be stable and spacious so that wont happen in the new one but should I take out the cups that have cut edges (they are in no way jagged or sharp) do you guys think they pose risk?
I think he sees reflection and that might cause him to move all jerky and mainly be at edge of tank and stuff but he doesnt seem to puff gills out when doing it (but im not sure how well I understand how flaring works but I was under the impression that was part of it)