is your tank?
5 Gallons, though currently it's only half full.
What temperature is your tank?
Does your tank have a filter?
It did, but I have removed it because he's having such a hard time swimming.
Does your tank have an air stone or other type
Is your tank heated?
What tank mates does your betta fish live with?
What type of food
do you feed your betta fish?
Omega One Pellets
How often do you feed your betta fish?
When he was well, he got 2-3 pellets in the morning and 2-3 in the evening, fasting one day per week.
How often do you perform a water change?
Weekly (more right now)
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change?
Normally about 50%, with the occasional 100%.
What type of additives
do you add to the water when you perform a water change?
Normally just the conditioner, but yesterday did 100% change with low amounts of epsom salt.
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
I don't remember all of the numbers but I've tested a couple of times and all were either undetectable or within parameters (ph). The readings are the same as they were when he was healthy.
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed?
His color seems a little dark and his fins are ragged, especially his tail.
How has your betta fish's behavior changed?
One day he was his happy fishy self and the next he was lethargic. He lies on the bottom of the tank and it looks like he's had a stroke or his back is broken. He barely was eating and then didn't eat at all for more than a week. He's back to eating a pellet or two every once in a while.
It's like his tail doesn't work and he only swims with his front little fins. He only uses his tail to get air and food, and even then it's not much.
He hides all the time and is clearly miserable. He is so unresponsive we've thought he was dead several times. Sometimes he has little spurts of energy and swims all around super fast and crashes into things. It's so hard to watch :(
When did you start noticing the symptoms
About a month ago.
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how?
Initially, I lowered his water level and did frequent changes and testing. That didn't help so I moved him into a smaller tank and eliminated everything so if there was a component from his normal tank that was causing an issue we could tell.
The little tank didn't help and was hard to keep warm, so I put him back in his big tank with low water and only a heater so I can keep an eye on him.
Yesterday I did a full water change and put a tsp of epsom salt per gallon in.
His whole life I've never seen him poop, but a few days ago while in the smaller tank I think he pooped out a dark ball.
Does your fish have any history
of being ill?
How old is your fish (approximately)?
I got him almost a year ago and he was full grown.
Please help me help him. He is miserable and I can't seem to help him. I don't think he's got parasites. He's never been exposed to other critters with the exception of the occasional fly in his water.
It seems like his back is broken. He hasn't had trauma that I know of, but maybe he got stuck somewhere when we weren't home? His filter has always been baffled so I don't think anything could have happened there.
I've never had a fish so sick for so long. In the past, if they got sick they either got better with a little TLC or died pretty quickly. This has been more than a month and it really feels like we're torturing him.
If he has SBD, why isn't it correcting? I'm at my wit's end.