What size is your tank? 5.5 gal
What temperature is your tank? 78
Does your tank have a filter? Not yet but I have bought one and I am having issues getting it to work Posted about that too
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? Not feeding but if I did I have Tetra betta bits color enhancing- When I did feed him it was another brand of color enhancing food. That seems to be all they sell at Petsmart.( I took back the one that resulted in this problem) I also have Aqueon Freeze dried bloodworms. Which I have not fed to this fish yet. I have only had this fish since 10pm 2/14. It was already sickly in appearance and in dirty water in the plastic cup. I set up the tank on 2/15 and fed it 3 pellets at the same time.
How often do you feed your betta fish?
How often do you perform a water change? I am due to make my weekly one in few days. The water level is lowered to about 2.5 to 3 gal to make getting air and reaching plants easier.
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? I plan to do a 50% change
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? I have Prime and also a Aloevera slime coat type of declorinator.
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? Seems darker brown in appearance light orange on fins is not visible they are opaque and not clamped. The tiny fins below the gills move very rapidly and were doing so at the store also.
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? Shy and hides from me at store it seemed sociable.
When did you start noticing the symptoms? About 8 hours after I fed it.
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? Epsom salt bath.
Does your fish have any history of being ill? Don't know but considering the filthy condition I found it in I would not be surprised
How old is your fish (approximately)?Not sure.
The only other thing worth noting is that I planted a live plant in the tank which had gel on the roots I rinsed most of it off but there were a few tiny bits that floated to the top later after installation. There's always a possibility the fish could have eaten some. The package said the gel is harmless to fish and aquatic animals.
I have another betta I bought the same day he is doing great in another tank. Same set up, plants ect. I feed him once a day. Two pellets.The temp on his tank is 84. He is active, he comes looking for me. He made a bubble nest by the 2nd day. The room the sick one is in is cooler room thus the lower temperature.
Last edited by jadaBlu; 02-18-2013 at 12:09 AM.