What size is your tank? 5 gallons
What temperature is your tank? about 77
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? none
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? flakes
How often do you feed your betta fish? 1 x per day
How often do you perform a water change? about 1 x per month
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? conditioner
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
Before espom salt container home, I tested:
pH: I don't remember this one for sure. It was either 7.2 or 7.8
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? very very pale in contrast to what he used to look like
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? not eating or pooping
When did you start noticing the symptoms? about 1-1/2 - 2 weeks ago
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? epsom salt water (1/2 teaspoon in 1 quart of water) QT floated in tank and mostly covered with plastic wrap. Only a small part is left uncovered for air.
Does your fish have any history of being ill? no
How old is your fish (approximately)? don't know for sure. We have had for about 7 months now.
I could really use some good advice. I have read and read and read. I think time is running out. I purchased a Betta about 7 months ago at Petland. He has been living in a 5 gallon heated and filtered tank with 2 live plants & small river rocks as the substrate. I have been doing 100% water changes about every month. I now know that this is not the proper way, but it worked and everything was going fine. Roughly 1-1/2 weeks ago, he started acting not like himself. He would always eat. But now, he would come up to eat but not eat, or eat it and spit it out. Then that led to absolutely no interest in food & then he started laying down on the bottom with his body half flopped over. He has become VERY pale. I thought he was constipated. So, now he is in a smaller container with epsom salt water that floats in his tank. I am using 1/2 teaspoon per quart of water. He has been in 1 quart of epsom salt water (daily changes) for 6 full days now with no improvement. I also fasted him for 3 days, which didn't matter because he wasn't eating anyway. He is breathing a little heavier than he used to. He is not eating or pooping. I saw a silver shiny spot near his face last night. My daughter said that it has been there for a long time. She didn't specify how long. She just said that that was him. (It is her fish.) His face below his mouth has become gray, like an older dogs. My daughter questioned me about this. His face being gray has been there for a over a month. He used to be quite feisty and flare alot, even at his own reflection where the filter sits. He has blown his fins several times which have not "healed" from the last time. I do not see his scales sticking out. I also used a magnifying glass to see if they were sticking out and I didn't see them. Is there any saving this poor guy?