What size is your tank? 2 gallons
What temperature is your tank? 82F
Does your tank have a filter? No
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? No
Is your tank heated? Yes
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? None
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? NLS small fish formula
How often do you feed your betta fish? Used to feed him small amounts 2-3 times a day as he's a baby, but he hasn't eaten in almost 2 weeks now
How often do you perform a water change? In an 8 day period he gets two 50% changes and two 100% changes, rotating between the 2
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? See above
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Stress Coat +
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? He's lost nearly all of his color, he went from being a vibrant blue to a dull translucent brown with stripes.
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? He doesn't swim around anymore except for to go to the surface to breathe, otherwise he lays on the bottom of the tank, more recently on his side, or like he's sitting up kind of.
When did you start noticing the symptoms? Around Monday*
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? Epsom salts at .25 tsp/gal since he's a baby, per recommendation of lilnaugrim
Does your fish have any history of being ill? No
How old is your fish (approximately)? Maybe 3 months? I've had him for just shy of 2 months and he was pretty tiny when I got him.
*I know that he's very constipated - he hasn't pooped in nearly 2 weeks. He's also refused food for the past 2 weeks as well, I tried daphnia and he just looked at it and swam away. He did eat a small portion of blood worm on Friday, but nothing before or since then. He was swimming fine up until Monday, that's when he started laying on the bottom more and not swimming. He appears fine except for his color loss... no strange patches on him or bumps/lumps. His fins are fine, no signs of rot and he's not clamped. I'm hoping the Epsom salts will help, but is there anything else I need to be doing
? I'm really worried about the little guy. The picture shows how he sits. It also shows his iridescence - but really he has little to no color :(