What size is your tank? 3 gallons
What temperature is your tank? 80
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? Wardley Pellets (the no artificial color kind) and Tetra freeze dried pellets
How often do you feed your betta fish? 2 pellets in the morning and three at night, he gets a few bloodworms whenever I do a water change, as a sort of treat
How often do you perform a water change? 50% once a week and a full change once or twice a month
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 50% and 100%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Tetra BettaSafe and API Stress Coat. Occasionally add a little fertilizer for the live plant, but this usually only happens every two months
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters? No
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? His colors have become far less vibrant, and the white parts on his tail have been darkening a little (it doesn't look like fin rot though.) His fins have also been curling within the last week, and he doesn't open them up as much as he used to. This morning he also looked a little bloated.
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? He's not the aggressive not afraid of anything fish he has been since I got him. He's been sitting at the bottom today, laying there sometimes, his breathing seems a little labored. He also didn't eat this morning.
When did you start noticing the symptoms? The lethargy and not eating was this morning and the fins curling and his color seemed to be diminishing about last week.
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? I did pretty much a 70% water change today, and siphoned the gravel.
Does your fish have any history of being ill? No
How old is your fish (approximately)? He was full grown when I got him, so add 3 months onto that, I'd lean more to being on the older side of the spectrum, was pretty big when I got him.
I'm wondering if maybe he is constipated a little, because I noticed after I put the food in and after he didn't eat it right away, that his tummy was the size it usually is after he is fed. So best way to treat that?
I currently am going to fast him, and I have him in a smaller container, which he seems to have perked up a bit already, but I am still worried because this is what happened before my last fish died :/
I'm also wondering if stress could be the culprit? I just had spring break this last week, so he had to ride 4 hours in mason jar to my home and then was in a different tank that I have back home, which had a bit less cover than he is used to. And a 4 hour drive back this weekend to college. So stress from all the moving? If so what is the best way to help reduce this stress until he sort of calms down and realizes its alright?
I am attaching a video of him, it's hard to see him in detail because of the container he is in, but you can tell that he is breathing a bit harder than normal for just sitting there, and the water is a little yellowish, because I had put some rooibis tea in his tank that morning to try and help with his fins. Which can anyone explain exactly what it is in the rooibis tea that is beneficial to bettas? And is there any other benefits for them other than helping with fin growth?