Hi, just joined the forums, sorry this is on such short notice but I need help, QUICK!
I have a 1.5 litre gallon cube tank for my betta, Midnight. I do 100% water changes once a week. Midnight is usually a happy, bubble-blowing and hyperactive fish.
Today was the day to clean his tank. I did my normal procedure:
- Rinse and clean plastic cup
- Put him in cup
- Empty out tank
- Wash gravel
- Wash tank
- Wash accessories
- Fill tank up with new, warm water
- Add water conditioner and ammonia detoxer
- wait 30 mins
- Place cup with Midnight in tank water to help adjust temps
- wait 10 mins
- place Midnight in new water
- watch Midnight for a few minutes before determining he is okay.
Midnight is always, ALWAYS, happily swimming after I put him in. But today, not too much.. the water was appox 81 Degrees warm, and he was rapidly swimming, I mean bouncing off the gravel and sides of the tank and then he would stop motionless in the water for about 2 minutes and then slowly drift towards the corners of the tank. I immediately noticed this was a problem so I scooped him up in a cup with the new water. I then got another cup of a more colder water, chlorinated that, and waited a few mins before pouring some into his cup that he was currently in.
About 10 minutes ago I put him back in the tank (the temp was 80 degrees) and his odd behavior continued. He swam around the bottom for a little bit, then went off to the corner and is strangely motionless, rapidly breathing and not reacting to any movement. I haven't seen him swim up to breathe in oxygen either...
SORRY it is so long to read, but please the details are crucial in helping me save my fish! :((