Originally Posted by SpookyTooth
Oh wow you have Nitrates already? Did you use some form of bacterial supplement? Are you using a test strips or a liquid kit? Unfortunately test strips are often unaccurate due to storage.
It might be that he was unwell when you bought him and is struggling to recover.
Did you acclimatize him properly to his new aquarium? I don't just mean letting him sit there for half an hour to adjust to the temperature, I also mean dumping out old water and putting new water in so he adjusts to the change in water chemistry, too.
I'm also wondering about the filter you used. Does it cause a lot of surface movement?
Well when I came home from work, Fishie had passed....TT.TT
I don't know why I could have done more.
I used test strips, its what the guy at the petstore recommended to me that was within my money struggles at the moment. He also said I shouldn't worry as long as the nitrate is BELOW 30. This is coming from what is suppose to be petcos fish expert.
I have aquarium salt, stress coat, and prime water conditioned.
The filter wasn't to strong, he would swim under it and not have a problem.
And when putting him in water I let him sit for about 2hours until his water temp was the same then remove some old water and slowly place in the new water. Ends up taking a good 4hours before his in his actually tank.
But ever since I got him, he REFUSED to eat. I tried everything, but nothing worked. Every couple of days he would eat one or two blood worms but that's it. So maybe I did just get a sick fish? I tried everything I could without over loading the water... So I guess for now I'm just gonna work on the aquascape I wanted to do and maybe get another betta in a few months.... Just not anytime soon.
Don't know what happened don't know what else I could have done...