My poor multi HM, Richard, isn't doing so good. Hoping someone can give me some pointers...
What size is your tank? 5 gl.
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? No.
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? None.
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Pellets, occasionly frozen BS.
How often do you feed your betta fish? 2 pellets daily.
How often do you perform a water change? Weekly/monthly.
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 1/2 weekly, full monthly.
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Water ager/Betta conditioner, pH down & at the moment Stress Coat for some damaged fins.
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? Torn fins - have been for a while now. I took out the ornament that had a plastic plant which I thought could be causing it. It doesn't look like Fin Rot, very clean cuts etc. Color has faded slightly & he has slimmed down a bit, not much.
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? Lethargic, sits inside at the bottom of his divers helmet ornament. Wont eat. Goes to but kinda gives up & sinks back to the bottom.
When did you start noticing the symptoms? The lethargy I noticed this morning when my boyfriend said he couldn't see him, after about 2 minutes I found him on the ground & thought he was dead until I put the scoop in & he moved under his half log.
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? There is API Stress Coat in the water but I also added 1/2 teaspoon of Epsom Salt in to see what happens. He wont come out from the helmet long enough for me to look at him properly. I have Aq Salt but not sure if it will be of any help.
Does your fish have any history of being ill? Nope - I changed all my tanks water at the same time & they all have the same additives & the other 2 are as happy as.
How old is your fish (approximately)? Not sure, Im guessing maybe year & a half, no more than 2 - got him from a pet store.
I went to buy a full water test kit today, but it was $50 & I've been off work sick for over a week & havent been paid so I can't afford one just yet. So atm I can only test pH levels, so please dont demand I go and get one immediately.