Help! My betta this morning suddenly started having swim bladder problems and has a small patch of grey on his left gill. Does anyone know what this is? Could it be the disease in the following thread http://www.bettafish.com/showthread.php?t=90086? I need help urgently, I fear for his life. One thing that should be noted is that I just recently switched him over from a 1.5 liter bowl to a cylindrical 10 liter tank with filter.
What size is your tank?
What temperature is your tank?
Does your tank have a filter?
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration?
Is your tank heated?
What tank mates does your betta fish live with?
What type of food do you feed your betta fish?
How often do you feed your betta fish?
How often do you perform a water change?
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change?
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change?
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed?
How has your betta fish's behavior changed?
When did you start noticing the symptoms?
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how?
Does your fish have any history of being ill?
How old is your fish (approximately)?
10 liter tank, it is filtered, not heated, but the room is warm and the water is about 21°C, he's fed almost every day, but he's fasted one day a week to avoid bloating. He's about 1 and a half years old, he has trouble staying vertical, he's always been healthy, he has grey "peach fuzz" looking growth on the forward bottom part of his left gill. I change the water every three weeks or so, he's only had his new tank for four or five. I don't test my water, but I do not use any tap water, EVER. I always use only the best of fresh Eska water. It's fresh spring water that is rigorously filtered by the company. He only started developing symptoms this morning. One other thing that you should know is that he seems to like resting underneath the filter intake.
To start, you really need a heater, bettas are tropical fish and should have 25C+ water. Next, do not use bottled water. Do you have a pet store or Walmart near you? Get some conditioner for $5. Bottled water has next to no nutrients in it. He needs to be fed 3-4 pellets, twice a day. You need to do a 50% water change 1 and a 75% one a week.
I have some nutrients I can give him. I usually give him one or two in the morning and three to five in the evening. I don't buy betta stuff from Walmart. I buy it from one of the best stores in my province. I could get a heater, that wouldn't be a problem. But I need help with his problem.
Oh and he lives alone. Aside from humans that are around him. He used to have to be isolated from the rest of the house because I have cats, but now that I have a proper tank with a cover, I don't worry as much. I still keep the door closed though. I spend about 3 hours with him a day while I'm doing work, plus maybe and hour in the morning.
This is all he would let me get. Every time I got him in frame the right way he would move before I could take the shot. You can only see a bit of his infection. I couldn't find a high-def camera, all I had was my phone. Again, this is in his smaller bowl, but only temporarily.