What size is your tank? 6 gal
What temperature is your tank? 77-79
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? 6 endler livebearer males, 2 otos, 2 zebra nerite snails
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? pellets
How often do you feed your betta fish? 2-3 morning, 2 night
How often do you perform a water change? once a week
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 25%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? I make up the water before hand - it's RO water, with added minerals, then PH buffer to get it to be 6.6-6.8
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
Tested on Sunday, but not since
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? Not really
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? Yes - acting more lethargic, not as active, not eating as much, "breathing" hard and hanging out near top of tank or resting on one of the plants
When did you start noticing the symptoms? A couple days
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? no
Does your fish have any history of being ill? unknown - I've had him about 2 months
How old is your fish (approximately)? unknown, at least 3 months - 1 year
I noticed the last few days that my betta, Zorro, has been acting a bit off.
1. Usually he's a pig, but the last few days he has stopped after 1 or 2 pellets and goes to the back of the tank.
2. He's not as active, either, and is preferring to hang out on his hammock, behind the filter, or on one of the plants. Only flaring briefly at his reflection, then "retreats"
3. His coloration looks ok, and I haven't noticed any strange bloating or spots on his body. He is swimming a bit funny though... tail drooping down, so his head is close to the air.
None of the other fish are sick, and all eating normally. Water levels are normal. I noticed there was a bit of cloudiness last night, so did a mid-week water change yesterday of my normal 25%. Water was clear this morning.
The only thing that I can come up with that's different is that I added a new plant (red tiger lily) and moved some plants around about 2 weeks ago. Then I've been trying to figure out the best fertilization routine to make sure everything is healthy.
I do .25ml of multi-nutrient, carbon and potassium every Wed and Sun. I try to do 2 drops of iron (for the tiger lily) every other day, though on Saturday or Sunday I accidentally added too much. Haven't added any since then.
Plants are the tiger lily, hygro difformis, ludwiga, sunset hygro, frogbit, a crypt, and something big, green and leafy I can't remember the name of to save my life.
I have noticed that the frogbit has been dying off in giant groups the last few days as well, which is not normal. They're turning brown and slimy. I've been removing the dead leaves as soon as I see them. Everything else seems ok.
Would the new plant/new fertilizer routine have stressed Zorro out? Or is there something else I'm missing??
Please help! :(