My betta has been in his hospital tank for about 20 days for fin rot and was removed last night. He would have been out sooner but I was relandscaping his tank. He has been floating since last night in his tank in his old betta cup so that he could acclimate to the temp difference and to keep him closer to the surface.
I noticed about a week ago he wasn't being as active in the hospital tank. From the beginning he wasn't happy to be in there but this was something more. I did nothing out of the norm except for daily 100% WC's for his fins. His hospital tank has a heater and air stone with regulator so to keep the water moving.
Here is a list of what I have seen him do.
- Resting with head up and tail down
- Laying on his side at the bottom of tank or in his betta log
Normally he nestles under the leaves of a plant and rest so that he doesn't float around the tank at night. So the laying down and going vertical are not normal. but since the hospital tank doesn't have much I might be overreacting.
Housing Hospital Tank
What size is your tank? About 1 gallon
What temperature is your tank? 82F-84F
Does your tank have a filter? No
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? Yes
Is your tank heated? Yes
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? None
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Omega Betta Buffett Pellets
How often do you feed your betta fish? 2x daily of 3-4 pellets skipping one day a week
How often do you perform a water change? Daily
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 100%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? API Stress Coat +
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
No since I was doing 100% WC's daily
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? No, besides the strange resting position
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? Yes, more lethargic
When did you start noticing the symptoms? 5-7 days ago
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? No, not sure course of treatment
Does your fish have any history of being ill? Treated for fin rot back in early February
How old is your fish (approximately)? Purchased 12/31/12 so an estimated 9-10 months
Here are a few pictures and don't mind the spots it is just left over pellets that got stirred up. I am afraid to let him out of the cup in fear that he may not be able to make it to the surface. he doesn't look bloated and has been eating and pooping normally.