heyy, my betta waffles i've had about a year now and it wasn't until recently he's gotten sick. about two weeks ago i noticed he had a swollen belly and pop eye so i treated him with maracyn 2. the pop eye went away and he seemed to be getting better, but this past week i noticed the eye that had the pop eye is now cloudy, he still has a swollen belly and now he's showing signs of fin rot. i've been doing weekly water changes and testing the water and all of that seems fine. he's still relatively active and still eating so i hope that's a good sign. i don't want to treat him with the wrong thing, any suggestions? thankss
Please fill this out to the best of your knowledge. It's okay if you've made a mistake in your betta care routine, just please answer all questions honestly so we can diagnose your fish before he gets any worse.
How big is the tank?
Is it uncycled or cycled?
How much water do you change?
How often do you change the water?
WATER STATS Please try to answer these to the best of your ability. If you do not have a test kit, please bring a sample of tankwater to the nearest local pet store. They should test it for cheap, but most of the time free. Write the actual numbers down, don’t take ‘okay’, ‘low’ or ‘fine’ for an answer.
How big is the tank? 1 gal
Is it uncycled or cycled? uncycled
How much water do you change? 50%
How often do you change the water? 2 times a week
Temperature: 76 degrees
Ammonia: 0 ppm
Nitrite: not sure
Nitrate: not sure
i use novaqua water conditioner and add aquarium salt too. i used to do 100% water changes once a week and changed to 50% 2 times a week for the past 2 weeks. hope this helps :/
I think you will see a big improvement after a few weeks of water changes as per Dramaqueen said. Also, are you sure you are not overfeeding him? Fast him for a few days then feed him some frozen daphnia (or barring that a thawed frozen pea) and see if that helps.
i was afraid the 100% water changes would stress him out too much, but i'll definitely give it a try. i wish i had the space for a larger tank :( i thought possibly i was over feeding him, but for the past 2 weeks i cut him down to feeding him 2 or 3 times a week. i'll try everything out and see how it goes! thank you very much :)
Yeah you should cut how much you feed per day instead of the days. I feed my males 3-4 pellets twice a day (once in the morning, once at night). I fast them on Saturdays. Your betta should get used to the water changes, I have one male that always gets very stressed out, but the others are perfectly fine. One of the males that I've had for almost 2 years will swim into the net for me. :) Just make sure before you net him or cup him to get all of the plants out so you have room to catch him the first try so you don't overly stress him out.
i tried feeding him a bit today, but he hasn't eaten anything. i've been consistently checking the water and did a water change. i've been noticing now he has absolutely no energy, he was active a few days ago but now all he does is swim to get air and then slowly sinks to the bottom without moving his fins and just sits. his breathing seems a bit labored as well. should i just keep with what i'm doing and wait it out? i'm not really sure at what point i should do something else, he looks miserable :(