I have had my male betta since mid-November. He was doing great, swimming around, eating normally at first. Then around the beginning of January over a period of 4-7 days he lost his buoyancy and laid on the bottom unless it was to come up for food or air. Also, He has lost 85-90% of his color on his body (it used to be a beautiful royal blue). It is almost like you can see through to his insides. His fins are now a very pale orange/brown/clearish color and they used to be bright orange (UTenn orange). *I bought a Red male betta the same time I bought this one and the red betta is doing perfect. They are in their own tanks in separate rooms.
I have tried to attach a photo of him.
Information on my betta
: Rescued from Walmart
: BettaMin Topical Medley Flakes - A pinch once a day to every other day
*I tried feeding him pellets but he would not eat them; will only eat
*As a treat maybe once every 2 weeks I would give him a dried blood
worm. He would sometimes eat it and sometimes not.
: I have a 1.5 gallon "tank" (it stands up instead of being more
horizontal). There is a live floating plant in there as well that he liked
to hide around.
: I do a full water change 1x every week and ~25% change mid-week
every week. I leave the new water out for at least a day to adjust the
temperature before adding to the tank. I use BettaSafe water
condition as well.
: I have recently bought a heater that keeps the water ~74 degrees F
This was the second heater I have tried and both keep the water at
the same temperature of 74.
(Until I found this site I was always told they did not need a heater
and room temperature would be fine.)
: His tank is on the counter where the sun light can go through a
normal up, over, and down cycle around the tank. It is no direct
sunlight though and doesn't seem to bother the temp.
1)A Petsmart employee (I shop at Petsmart weekly and value their
opinions) suggested I try Lifeguard
: All in one treatment. This did
not help at all. Also, Stress Coat
- I'm not sure if it helps or not.
2)Next they suggested BettaFix
(All Natural Betta Medication with
Melaleuca 0.2%). I tried this for ~5-6 days but didn't see
3)I found this site and read all kinds of information and thought from
the descriptions the best option would be Epsom Salt
. [I removed
him from his tank to prevent exhaustion and make access to
food/air easier. He is now in ~2-2.5 cups of water in a clear bowl. I
placed a rock in there with a leaf from his plant and the heater.]
For a week I did 1tsp/gal with no change.
Week 2-3 I did 2tsp/gal with no change.
Mid-week 3-4.5 (which is the present) I have used 3tsp/gal.
--> He has regular droppings in the bottom of the bowel.
***I had started to see a little bit of change where he was
swimming some more, eating a little more, and got a tiny bit of
color back. However, the last 3 days he has stopped swimming as
much. He has not eaten the last 2 days and lays next to the heater
Any help would be wonderful
! I do not want the little fellow to die but I do not want him to live in ~2 cups of water forever either. My last betta lived for 7 years (yes, years!!) and I never had any problems with him at all.