Hello all, I hope that I can get some help, because this is my favorite betta!
Here is all my information:
Tank size: 20 Gallon
Tank mates: 7 female bettas
Water changes: 25% weekly with aquarium vacuum.
Age of sick fish: 5-6 months
Water conditioner: Jungle brand Insto Chlor
Plants: Amazon Sword, Java Moss, red water lily, and one soft plastic amazon sword.
Medications used recently: 1/2 dose of Melafix to heal cloudy eye in the affected fish, it cleared up, and API Aquarium Salt.
Most recent water change was 25% yesterday, and 25% on Sunday.
Water Parameters: Unknown
No symptoms in tank mates.
Symptoms of affected fish: Lethargy, rapid gill movement, lying on side, occasionally surfacing for air, still eating, belly seems a bit bloated. I am starting a three day fast.
Food: new life spectrum grow formula and golden pearl pellets, and freeze dried blood worms 2-3 times a week.
I had read that betta-fix and melafix are the same thing, just different concentrations, hence the half-dosage. I think that the cloudy eye was caused by an injury. No discoloration or fading in the fish, fins are clamped while resting, but still full, no fin rot.
I also fed the them a couple of peas yesterday. This is the third day she has been lethargic. Tank has stocked for three weeks, and was cycled before the fish were added.
Thanks for looking, and I will welcome any suggestions.