Hello, my name is Jenna and this is my first real attempt to keep a betta fish.
I have what was sold to me from Petco as a Female Crowntail in a one gallon aquarium.
I am not here to debate proper tank size, as this is what I intend to raise her in for now...I am not sure in my ability to keep a larger aquarium and provide her a larger home.
I fully understand the suggestion regarding that.
The problem I am having is that "Essie" is staying at the bottom of her tank. We thought she was dead last night and as I disassembled her tank, she flourished.
The timeline with Essie is that we got her two evenings ago. I was told to use distilled water, so I let the water adjust to room temperature for about 5 hours and floated her in a bag. I then began researching proper acclimation and found that distilled water was a no-no. I set out a bowl of tap water, ran to walmart (the only store open) for Tetra BettaSafe conditioner and two hours later added it to the room temperature tap water when I got home. I let Essie sit in that for an hour and then began to add the tap water/conditioned water at intervals of 15 minutes to her bag, two times. I then put her in the aquarium and she seemed to do well, exploring, going to the top and all corners of her new house. The water temperature was at 80*.
The next day, yesterday, the water temperature was reading as 90* f. I was not home when my mom noticed it. I told her to take the heater out and I went to the Allfish store near my house after work. When I got home, I watched her and noticed when she swam she seemed to float, especially her rear tail end, but she could still swim around. When she would swim closer to the top of the water, she would start to float, back first, slightly. She would, however, still lay at the bottom of the aquarium on the gravel substrate. As I stated earlier, we thought she was dead when I first got home, but as I took the filter out, she fluttered up and looked around. The ph I tested yesterday was at 7.6 with the conditioner in it.
Today, the water is at 78* without the heater. She is still doing the same thing, where she lays at the bottom.
The water parameters are as follows
The water is slightly cloudy, I was planning on doing a 50% water change tomorrow.
Ammonia is .25
Nitrite is 0
Nitrate is about 0, the API Freshwater Master Test Kit results were yellow, but not quite as bright as the 0 mark.
I have given her two pellets in the last two days, neither of which was she interested in. One was the sample that came with the aquarium, the Aqueon Betta Food, and one was a NLS All Purpose Formula.
Please help! I want to watch her be happy and swim! What's wrong with her? Am I doing something wrong? Hold my hand and teach me the ways of the Betta!