So this morning my son's betta is laying at the bottom of his tank but occasionally swims around real fast & then goes back to the bottom. He was fine last night. I don't see any other signs, fins are not clamped. Any suggestions or ideas?
A little more info is needed. What size tank? Water Temp? How long has the tank been set up? Have you tested the water with a liquid water test kit for ammonia, nitrites, nitrates? If so, what are the exact readings? When was your last water change & how much was changed? Does he have tank mates? How long have you had him?
2.5 gallons, tank setup for about 4 or 6 weeks, 84 degrees water temp, got the betta 3 days after I let the tank sit after filling, no tank mates, just tested the water for ammonia and it tested at the 'stressful' level so I just did a 100% water change, which I do every 4 days (50%, which actually turns out to be more like a 70-80% water change by the time the gravel pump cleans it), maybe I should do it more often?
Sounds like there is not enough healthy bacteria to keep your water parameters in the safe zone. Are you rinsing and scrubbing everything when you do water changes? If so, this could be part of the problem. This happened to my 1.7 gallon tank before I realized I was overdoing it. Also, I have one specific fish that has really crappy water parameters unless he is in a 5 gallon environment, while my other fish do fine in just about anything. Also, something could be scaring him. That same fish who needs 5 gallons started freaking out one day just like this, and it turned out that he did not like my teal nail polish (go figure). So if something about your appearance or his surroundings has changed it could be freaking him out. Also, threatening stimuli such as a child tapping on the tank, sticking their fingers or objects in the water, or loud noises can sometimes freak out the fish.
No I don't scrub the plants or ornament, I just rinse them in cool water. I learned that lesson the hard way! I don't let my son mess with the tank, he helps me feed him but other than that he only looks. I guess we'll see how he does after this 100% water change, I just released him.
If you are trying to cycle the tank you cannot rinse anything in untreated tap water, that will kill the BB. Are you running a filter? I have an unfiltered 2.5g, I do 2 80% water changes w/ a vac each week & a 100% every 3rd or 4th water change but I don't rinse anything just remove all the water with a vac/syphon. If your strips are showing in the unsafe zone, it could be higher since strips are not accurate. If you can get a liquid ammonia test kit that'd be much better. Have you ever tested your tap water for ammonia, nitrites, nitrates?
No I don't have a filter, I normally don't rinse the plants & ornament unless I do a 100% water change, they feel kinda slimy, should I not rinse them & just put them back in? I have a nitrate/nitrite kit, but in my location all I can get are test strips, unless I order online. I haven't used it yet but I'll go ahead & test & post it in a little bit.