Amonia 0, trace amounts of nitrite, temp 82, 1st week in brand new new 5.0 gallon tank, tests conducted before the 30% water change today, this was his only water change in the last 7 days, aquarium is uncycled.
We did the 30% water change today and only then did I see that both his eyes are bulging horrendously out of his head. 3 or 4 days ago I asked my GF if our betta's eyes are bulging out and she says no, that it's only the ridge of his eyebrow, it's the shape of his cranium. So I thought nothing of it. Yesterday and the day before that I had work so I didn't see the fish at all but today I went over her place to check up on him and first thing I see is that the fish is real skinny. We only had this fish for less than 2 weeks, in the first week, I suppose this proves that we were underfeeding him, so for the last 3 days we nearly doubled what he has been receiving, which is now 5-6 pellets in total, divided into 2 or 3 meals. The problem is that it's my GF doing most of the feeding as I'm not around most of the time and she goes by the number of pellets rather than how big the abdomen plumps up after every meal so I'm suspecting that even when I told her to feed more, it was still not enough to meet the fish's daily nutritional requirements.
So I fed him some more, bloodworms, today as part of his weekly treat, until his belly grew slightly beyond what is healthy, but considering how scrawny he looked, he probably needed it. It was already his second meal of the day, and at supper time I gave him 1 more pellet even though his abdomen still ooked like he was still digesting. I don't think we'll be fasting him tomorrow either as part of his schedule.
Then we did the water change, 30%, vacuuming the gravel, nearly 80% and that went well. Then when we finished I took a close look at the fish and his eyes looked way bigger than it did 3 days ago since I last saw him. Imagine an 8-ball. It's exactly that shape, not well rounded at all, and half of it is protruding from his head. We had examined the water soon after the change and noticed some spider silk like substance floating around, 2 or three and we plucked those out with the turkey baster. May have been the glue they used for attaching the fake leaves to the fake stems of the plant decorations. The surface of the water too looked dirty but I was told not to change the water based on how the surface looked. The particles there looked more like lint and there was quite a lot of them. Don't know what they are, just saying that they look like lint.
The aquarium that the fish is in is the Fluval Spec V, and the filter it comes with is notorious for being too strong, so what I did was set it to the lowest possible setting on the first day and left it there. 2 days later we bought this cylinder shaped foam, also made by fluval designed to perfectly cover the spout so that the water current would be more calmer. It's been like that for the last 5 days and when I look at the surface, it looks still. There is a slight rotation in the water on the surface but if I had to count how long it would take for the water to do a full rotation around the tank, it would be over half a minute. I thought this would be too slow, but loved how still it was and was planning on simply monitoring the water quality. Problem is that I worked yesterday and the day before that so I wasn't able to see how it was then.
So today, I pulled the base of the filter out where the switch was and cranked it to the max and placed it back down. After the applying the cylinder foam there was still no turbulent current and the rotational speed of the water was improved significantly. I hope that helps.
I'd like to know if anybody here knows of a connection between malnutrition and popeye? I couldn't believe that the water was dirty cuz three days ago it was pristine. So clean infact that that was when I took the picture for my avatar. I'm afraid that the lint-like stuff on the surface is more of that glue that they used, which was blown out of the fake plants in the first two days and was never filtered out completely when I applied the foam to baffle. Ammonia's reading 0, last week it also read 0 but that was after a 50% water change. And is it the ammonia that causes popeye or the overall dirtiness of the water? It was too late in the day to do another water change, and also too soon as we just did the 30%, but tomorrow I'm planning a 100% water change.
Anything else I'm overlooking or something you guys could suggest? As much as possible I'd like to stay away from antiobiotics, but if I have to, I'll resort to them.
Wish I could share a pic but couldnt bear to look at him anymore. It's not the size that worries me so much as the shape. It's not yet grotesque, and they are even (if that makes it any better) and worst case scenario is that it's only the 3rd day so I think I have some time to reverse the situation before he pops an eye out.
30% will have to do for today, filter is maxed, and he's been fed well.