Hey there. I'm trying to figure out just what's up with my fish, two sink like a rock and the other one stays near the surface. It looks kinda like some swim bladder issue, but I'm really not sure how they all developed it... I've been having horrible luck with my fish lately, went from seven to four in a week and a half about a month back, and don't want to just stand by when I could be doing something.
What size is your tank?
10 gallon, but I fill it a couple gallons short of the top so there's about eight and a bit gallons of water in there.
What temperature is your tank?
About 77 Fahrenheit, I just changed the temp so its warming up.
Does your tank have a filter?
Not currently, planning on putting one in at the gentlest level to get rid of that irritating protein film that hangs around in my tank.
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration?
Is your tank heated?
What tank mates does your betta fish live with?
I've divided the tank three ways. Two females and one male betta, no other creatures.
What type of food do you feed your betta fish?
New Life Spectrum Betta Formula
How often do you feed your betta fish?
Once a day one pellet. I've been holding off, seeing if maybe fasting would help.
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% and often a bit more.
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change?
I use Seachem Prime to condition the water, beyond that nothing.
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
I haven't been able to test them, but I know that can be helpful so I'll be posting it in a bit.
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed?
Their colors aren't really washed out, I can't find any stress stripes though that doesn't mean they aren't there and I'm just not seeing them. Diva's fins are a bit ragged, I think she might have been biting them, and Temple's have a few new nips in them as well. Professor's fins aren't that great, but they've been that way for a while so I don't believe it's a symptom.
How has your betta fish's behavior changed?
Diva and Temple sink like a rock. They can swim to the top without extreme struggling, but once they stop swimming they sink at once. It's like their tail gets heavy....which can't be, because they have relatively little fins. Professor doesn't have as intense of a change, he still swims fairly fine, though he's been hanging out near the surface a lot lately... I can't tell if it's out of choice or swim bladder issues. I'm going to be watching them to try to find out.
When did you start noticing the symptoms?
Last Wednesday I noticed that Diva was growing 'heavy' in her tail, as in she was sinking often. She was fasted, but there was no chance come morning, and it was then that I noticed that Temple and Professor were showing potential signs of it as well. I was out of town from Thursday afternoon to late Saturday night, and they fasted during that time since Mom doesn't feed the fish. Sunday was busy too so I didn't have time to sit down and find out what was up, but I can now, so here I am.
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how?
Does your fish have any history of being ill?
No. Professor has pretty ragged fins and I'm not sure what from, but it's been a while and they look fine, just haven't grown back.
How old is your fish (approximately)?
Oh boy. Well I got them from pet stores.... I've had Professor for a year come July, and I've had the girls for about a year and a half.
Let me see....other details. I think there might have been some kind of fungus growing in their old tank but it might have been loose strands of the protein film that stuck to the plants. Just in case it was
fungus, I changed the tank they were in and redid dividers and have placed a different heater in, I just need to clean my filters really good. The only thing that was the same in this tank is the plants, but I'm not inclined to say that that's what's up. I would lower the water/put them in shallow-er containers to help with coming to the surface, but I'm never sure how to keep the water warm enough, since I believe my heater would be too strong for the shallow-er tank and I can't find a nack for floating the containers. I know Epsom salt is good to use with SBD, would it be a good idea to get some of that going? And I'm getting a bit nervous about how long they've been without food.....I know they can live
for long enough without it, but it's not good to push it too far and I don't want to deprive them of food for energy, especially when the two girls are having trouble anyways.