Sorry if this is kind of a cross-post from my ammonia thread, but I am not sure what to do for my fish. He is lethargic, "breathing quickly" and kind of falling over on the bottom of the tank. I have been doing an in-fish cycle and have been battling ammonia issues. My tap water had a 0.5 ammonia reading.
I have been doing water changes daily and using Prime and Stability. Yesterday I did a 50% water change with bottled spring water (treated) to try to bring the ammonia down.
The other thing that may be an issue is this fish was shipped to me...he went out on Mon and I got him on Weds. The weather was freakishly warm Tues and Weds (and he was shipped with a heat pack) and the freebie Betta I got with him died the next day. He has been off since, but is getting worse. I thought it was ammonia issues, but now wondering if he got to hot in shipping? I acclimated him VERY slowly (over 4 hours). Below is the rest of the info....
What size is your tank? 4 gallons
What temperature is your tank? 81 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? Only live plants.
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? NLS pellets, but he has not eaten since I got him.
How often do you feed your betta fish? Have been trying once a day (clean up uneaten pellets)
How often do you perform a water change? Daily b/c of ammonia.
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 50% with treated spring water yesterday.
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Prime and Stability
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters? Yes with the API mater drop kit.
Ammonia: API drop test reads at 1 ppm, Seachem ammonia meter says safe
pH: Btw 7 and 7.5
Alkalinity: 40 (if this is the same as KH)?
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? No
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? Yes - Lethargic and tilting
When did you start noticing the symptoms? Immediately upon arrival but getting worse.
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? Trying to get Ammonia down
Does your fish have any history of being ill? Not that I know of.
How old is your fish (approximately)? 3.5 months according to breeder.