Orpheus, my betta, and I are running into some issues trying to control the ammonia levels in his tank. Here are our logistics and then I will explain what I've been noticing.
What size is your tank? 2.5g
What temperature is your tank? 75-80
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? Marimo Moss Ball
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Hikari Betta Bio-Gold every other week I feed him frozen blood worms (which he loves) but they smell bad so I try not to lol
How often do you feed your betta fish? 3 times a day 4 pellets, he eats them immediately.
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? 50-60%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Tetra AquaSafe 10 drops.
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
Ammonia: 1.0 - 2.0
Hardness: 75 ppm
Alkalinity: 80 ppm
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? Curly ends (no noticeable black)
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? Not at all
When did you start noticing the symptoms? The curly ends, he's had for a while.
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? Today there was a water change and I added two tbsps of API salt to see if it helps with the curly ends, I don't normally add salt.
Does your fish have any history of being ill? No, but there was a time where I had him without a heater.
How old is your fish (approximately)? No idea at all xDU
Clearly for a tank this small these ammonia readings are something to be worried about, Orpheus has a Marimo as a tank mate and I haven't noticed anything drastic in the change of chemistry. I normally scan the surface of the gravel for poop or any residue to pick it up with a turkey baster everyday so it surprises me that I have such a high reading of ammonia. Every once in a while Orpheus "doesn't feel good" for half a day and his eyes turn red and his face whiteish (it is normally black). I interpret that as bloating from eating too fast and I just fast him for the rest of the day and the next day he's fine.
I don't want to wait to see Orpheus getting sick so I am wondering if you have any tips for me. I will be going to Petco tomorrow to see if they have an inexpensive gravel vacuum as maybe the turkey baster isn't enough.
Do you think any tank mates would help his cause or even help him be more entertained while I'm not home?
Thanks for your help!