I have a male betta who is just under a year old. I have not been the best at cleaning the tank, but he never seemed to have any trouble until about a month ago. I just got married and moved in with my husband, and since the move, my fish seems to be a little distressed. His color isn't as vibrant as it once was, he has lost his appetite, and he is lethargic. From reading the posts here, I realize his water has been too cold, so we have taken care of that. We just got a new 5 gallon tank, complete with filter and heater. We also bought some bloodworms for him to eat, but he just plays with them. He is blowing bubbles, but he swims only in short spurts. He mostly just hangs out in the corner. Do these symptoms sound like anything familiar? His water is clean and has been treated, and it tested okay on all parameters. Also, do you think a dose of aquarium salt would help? I'm somewhat of a novice, so any suggestions would be appreciated.
Here are the answers to the questions suggested by the administrator.
What size is your tank? 5 gallon
What temperature is your tank? 80 degrees F
Does your tank have a filter? yes
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? Top Fin Color Enhancing Betta Bits and Freeze Dried Bloodworms
How often do you feed your betta fish? once a day
How often do you perform a water change? not often enough...he has fresh water as of Tuesday night
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? not sure
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? StressZyme, Stress Coat, Prime
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
I threw away my test strip, so I don't have the numbers...but they were all in the "okay" ranges.
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? Color changed, fins not fanned
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? Lethargic
When did you start noticing the symptoms? About a month ago
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? No
Does your fish have any history of being ill? No
How old is your fish (approximately)? Just under a year old