I posted pictures of my new bettas in the pic thread; however, I feel that asking about one of my fish's illness here would be more appropriate.
I got an EE half price because he had a bad case of cloudy eye / popeye. I didn't realize he was 'stuck' at the surface of the water until I came home.
Since he's new and I wasn't planning on getting him, I don't have a proper setup for him, so I'm floating his smallish tank in my heated 10 gallon so he can stay warm.
Edit* I am
getting another heater and a 2 or 2.5 tank for him on my day off on Wednesday.
What size is your tank? N/A I'm not even sure how large it is. Bigger than his cup, maybe .5.
What temperature is your tank? 80F
Does your tank have a filter? Not this holding tank.
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? No.
Is your tank heated? Yes. (The 10gal he's floating in, at least.)
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? None.
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Omega One pellets.
How often do you feed your betta fish? He hasn't been eating. I've been crushing pellets in vain hopes that he'll take a bite.
How often do you perform a water change? N/A for him. I'm planning on once or twice a day depending on what you guys tell me I need to do.
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 50%-100% I'm not sure what he needs at the moment.
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Top Fin water conditioner.
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
Symptoms and Treatment----------
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? Well, as opposed to yesterday, he's no longer stuck at the surface so I'm assuming he's passed a bowel movement or he is no longer as stressed as he was in his Petco cup. When I did a water change today, there was a large poo in the water that was clear with some black dots in it. Not a red string like my other betta's poos.
How has your betta fish's behavior changed?He's very sluggish and he looks like he's taking deep breaths. His gills are dark and stick out a bit from his head. Actually, his head looks strange in general. It's a bit deformed and kind of bumpy. You may be able to see it in the pics.
When did you start noticing the symptoms? Bought him yesterday. The origional symptoms were:
- Floating at the top, occasionally tilting on side before righting himself.
- Heavy breathing.
- One eye completely white. I could barely see his pupil moving under the cloudiness.
- Bumping into walls.
- Other eye cloudy / enormous.
- Always tilted towards the side with the worst (completely white) eye.
- No appetite.
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? Yes, started him yesterday with Epsom salt per suggestion from a forum member. Since he's in such a small tank I did a little less than half a teaspoon. Went to just under a full teaspoon today.
Does your fish have any history of being ill? No clue. I think his back is bent as well. May just have been a poorly bred fish, but I think he has potential if he can survive this bump in the road.
How old is your fish (approximately)? Not a clue.
As of today, he is no longer stuck at the top so any issue with swim bladder or bloatedness is resolved. However, now he's stuck at the bottom and occasionally I was afraid he was dead. He's more clamped today than yesterday, although I'm not sure if it just appears that way since he's hanging around the bottom of the tank.
The left eye looks a bit smaller and clearer.
I'm honestly not sure what all is wrong with him. It's got to be more than just Popeye.
Thanks a bunch.