So i just posted a thread in the planted tank subforum yesterday about bugs suddenly appearing in my tank almost overnight. My baby looked distressed but i didnt think it was anything that wouldnt right itself if kept a close eye on.
Well my betta, happy and healthy not three days ago, has taken a turn for the worse suddenly today. He's not responding to me coming up to the tank like he usually does, he just laying there and when he did move earlier it was a very worrying jerky motion around the top of the tank where he tilted sideway constantly. I'm really really scared he's going to die and I don't know what to do.
The only thing thats off from normal(other than the mysterious bugs) is that i checked the temperature and it had shot down from 80 to 69. The heater was plugged in so maybe it stopped working, I plugged it into a different outlet and its slowly come up to 72.
What size is your tank? 5 gallons
What temperature is your tank? usually 80 but at 72 as im trying to figure out why the heater stopped working im hoping it just wasnt plugged in good.
Does your tank have a filter? yes
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? yes
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? bettamin flakes
How often do you feed your betta fish? a tiny bit every other day but i held off feeding him yesterday cuase of the sudden bug problem seeing if maybe he would eat them instead.
How often do you perform a water change? once a week
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? about 65 percent?
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? aqua safe declorinator and conditioner.
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
havent tested them in a few weeks cuase my testing kit sprunge a leak in one of the bottles. Last time i checked though all were very close to 0ppm. the tank IS cycled.
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? nothing
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? sits at the bottom and doesnt respond to anything, suddenly eratic swimming before settling down to not move again.
When did you start noticing the symptoms? two or three days ago out of the blue.
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? nothing
Does your fish have any history of being ill? had a large tear in his fin when I got him but he's all but healed up by now.
How old is your fish (approximately)? no idea.