Tank: 2.5(tiny I know but our school is very picky and wont allow ten gallons and my fish at home is in my 3 gallon so I had to take the little one up to college until I can afford a five gallon or so which won't be for about another week or so when our student paycheck comes in)
Water Changes: 1 100% and 1 25% weekly
What temperature is your tank? 78 degrees
Does your tank have a filter? Unfortunately no it broke
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? Air stone!!!
Is your tank heated?Yes
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? a marimo moss ball
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Omega or topfin can't remember which one
How often do you feed your betta fish? I DID feed him 3 pellets twice a day with a fasting on fridays
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change?: stuff that makes the water safe for fishies
PH and water levels are okie dokies.
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? Hes getting reallllllly skinny
How has your betta fish's behavior changed?: He isn;t eating at all, Hes eaten probably around 2 to 4 pellets in the past 2 or so weeks. This started when I first got to school, I figured it was the stress from the car ride and his new surroundings so I let it go. You know normal betta stuff. Then he didn't eaten until I did the next water change. Under which HE ATE healthily. Until I did a fasting and a water change for him. He has since not eaten either at all or horribly little as stated above maybe 2 to 4 pellets. Not much at all.
He has been more sluggish except for last night when he spazzed out, quite literally rocketing around the tank, bouncing off of the walls running into things attacking the moss ball etc. It was scary so I tossed a black shirt over most of the tank to make it dark and that calmed him down.
He flares and yawns a lot as well. The yawning is something he hasn't been doing before this, flaring is normal for him.
When did you start noticing the symptoms? 2 1/2 weeks ago
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how?: Being persistent with food offerings, making the food go around, making the food sink to make him chase it, offering food then hiding under desk, covering up sides of tank so he isn't overstimulated, feeding only at certain times etc.
Does your fish have any history of being ill? Other than ramming his head into an ornament, no.
How old is your fish (approximately)?:2 ish?
So yes..My lil' drama king is being a butt again. Hes gone on these fasting sprees before but they still toss me through a loop of agony and despair knowing his lil tummy is empty.
In addition his freak out last night has me concerned for him
I have noticed zero activity of external parasites, his poop is a normal color he isn't bloated his color is still good if not a tad lighter on his body and his eyes are clear and ego filled as ever.
So..................Any takers on the what the heck is this guy doing and how can I get him to eat again party?
Thank you for your time in this matter,
The mother of one of the most stubborn yet horribly adorable fish in the world who fought a decoration and won.