One of my bettas, who never has been 100% since the day I got him has gotten worse. He is now very lethargic, has a huge and very noticeable loss of colour, and is breathing heavily. His belly is also whiteish (but it has always been as well as a small bloat that has also always been there) just is a little worse now. Otherwise, he looks okay but obviously isn't. And if I gently agitate him where he's staying at the bottom of his QT he darts to the top, sucks in a bunch of air, and sinks back down. Any ideas?
What size is your tank? 10g (now in a "betta kit" QT)
What temperature is your tank? 79.5 degrees
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? Snail, Moss Ball
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? BettaBites
How often do you feed your betta fish? Usually 2 times a day (2-3 pellets)
How often do you perform a water change? Weekly
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 25%, sometimes 50%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Seachem Prime
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
pH: not sure but usually around 8
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? large loss of colour
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? heavy breathing, very lethargic, staying at bottom of tank
When did you start noticing the symptoms? When I got back from vacation last night
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? Yes, in a QT with about 1.5 tsp/gal salt.
Does your fish have any history of being ill? No
How old is your fish (approximately)? About a year I think.