What size is your tank? 10 gallens
What temperature is your tank? 78 Degrees F
Does your tank have a filter? Yes
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? Have a sorority tank with four additional female betta
What type of food do you feed your betta fish?
Pellets, bloodworms (as a treat)
How often do you feed your betta fish? Pellets twice a day (AM, PM), special blood worm treat once on Sundays in place of meal, let fish fast on Mondays to prevent constipation since that has been an issue with one girl
How often do you perform a water change? Started tank Christmas week and have done one full water change and one 25% change this week since this is a new tank
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? Plan to do 25% 1x a wk from here on out
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Initially added bacteria starter and stress coat; also added bacteria starter with first full water change; now just add stress coat/water conditioner
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
Ammonia: 0 or less than 0.2ppm
pH: 7.5 to 8 (Ideal range)
Hardness: Around 75 ppm (Soft)
Alkalinity: 120 to 180 (Ideal range)
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed?
Wednesday--Blue became less active this past Wednesday and began hiding under the bridge we have full-time except to come up for air. On Thursday she was no longer eating and not acting like her active self (I would consider her a co-alpha).
Friday--Friday morning she was opening and closing her mouth repeatedly like she was struggling to breathe, so I removed her from the tank (had to coax her from under the bridge) and put her in a small clear plastic cup to be able to observe her. I also noticed that she looked "beat up" and had bad fin damage. She does not bite herself and it wasn't fin rot, so she must have been attacked. I added a few drops of stress coat and kept the watcher shallow so that it would be easier for her to get to the top and breathe. At this point, she looked like she was continually struggling to breathe and was not eating.
Sat--I did a water change on Sat. (took water from her tank) since it was a small cup and I wanted to keep her warm. I gave her a bit of blood worm hoping to coax her to eat, but she wasn't interested. Hubby and I decided we would put her down (Hubby read about clove oil on this forum) on Monday if she didn't show improvement or go out and buy a mini heater for our 1/2 gallon tank and set up a betta hospital for her.
Sunday--Hubby told me she died around 9:00 this morning. She started swimming frantically like she was going to jump out of the tank for a few minutes and then just stopped moving and died. I hated to hear she died so violently, but I wanted to give her every chance to "turn around" before having to decide to put her down.
Hubby and I suspected dropsy, but she didn't have the pine cone appearance we saw in pictures here on the forum until this morning. She also appeared bloating despite not having ate for several days. Additonally, she spent part of yesterday and this morning with her nose pointed to the surface, almost straight up. Our other bettas are happy and healthy except that our one crown tail (young) gets constipated easily after eating one pellet. We did have a betta suddenly die for unknown reasons a week ago and all of her fins had been eaten off when we discovered her. We worry that Blue may have been the culprit and got sick as a result.
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? Lying at bottom of tank under bridge, opening and closing mouth rapidely, not eating
When did you start noticing the symptoms? Wednesday
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how?
Removed Blue from tank Friday morning; kept her isolated in cup; no meds given other than drops of Stress Coat
Does your fish have any history of being ill?
I bought her Christmas Eve from a local reputable pet store and she seemed healthy though she was kept in one of those horrible small cups. She had shown no signs of illness until this past week.
How old is your fish (approximately)?
She was the largest of the group, so I would guess she was an adult when we bought her though not very old since she was very active and kept up with the younger ones fine.
Here is the big question...
What did Blue die from and what can we do to prevent the rest of our sorority from getting sick?
As new sorority tank owners, are there things Hubby and I should be doing and are not (besides regular water changes, testing for ammonia, etc.)?