Ok guys, I'm kind of worried about Fishy... he is very lethargic and keeps getting worse instead of better. My water params are fine, I'm religious about water changes...nothing different in the tank. But he's really ragged looking and he has kind of white poo and he's slightly bloated. This all happened within the past 3-4 days so I'm not really sure what could have brought this on? Any advice? I really don't want to lose the big guy, but I've never dealt with illnessess. All my guys have so far been very healthy. This is what he's doing all day, which is very unlike him to do:
He's eating fine, he just is really...slow I guess. He's in a divided tank with 3 other bettas and they are all fine. No one is showing any other symptoms. I'm not sure how old he is, at LEAST 1 1/2 years but that's a bit young to show aging symptoms, am I right?
And the only reason I don't really want to quarantine him is because my dorm rules say I can't turn the air conditioner above 72, I don't have a heater tiny enough for the 1g tank, and I don't want him to freeze to death. It might exacerbate the problem. What do you think I should do?
(Oh, and the water temp stays around 84* in the tank.)
Each Betta is different when it comes to age IME-it can be dependent on several factor most leading back to genetic, but also rearing from fry stage and then daily care and water temp- until you got him and he started getting correct care...so sadly-it could be age related-especially since the other Bettas housed in the same water are all doing fine...
Does he have the start of a hump back or scales getting lighter in color around his face and head-these can (not always) be early signs of aging
I would suggest that you slowly lower the water temp to the 80F range-with higher temps comes lower dissolved oxygen in the water, higher/faster metabolism all of which can speed aging process.
Even though Bettas are tropical fish they do go through water temp changes from day and night and rainy season-long term at the high end of recommended water temp 24/7 can sometimes have a toll on them. This is why I keep mine at the low end except for spawning....as said...each Betta is different like us and the aging process.....
For QT-what about an even smaller container and then float it in the 10g to maintain temp??
And true you don't want any sudden water temp changes it can be hard on an already compromised fish and make things worse......
White poo and slight bloat-is the poo stringy or anyone else with white poo and bloat? this can be a sign of internal parasite or a sign of system shut down...lets hope it is internal parasites...that treatable....
Do you use long term aquarium salt?
Alright, I'll lower the temps some since you told me that. And I do have a small cup I can float him in, so I'll try that.
I adopted him from a member on this forum, Vikki. She had him from May of '09 until Feb 2010 and she took great care of him, but she said that he was pretty large when she got him so he wasn't a baby. So we can't really know how old he is.
I do not use long term aquarium salt, I put some in as I was starting my tank up but now I never use it. I have some just in case I need it though. I heard it was harmful for them in the long run.
And I can't really say he has a humped back or lighter scales on his face, his back is almost...bowed like he's arching his back but this only started when he became lethargic. However, his eyes are kind of cloudy, and he seems to have trouble seeing food that I drop in, so maybe he has cataracts? I'm not really sure if that is even possible.
But i'll get him in that cup. Any recommendations other than keeping the water crystal clear?
Thank you for your advice :) He's a little more perky in the cup, maybe he couldn't get to his air as much? I'm going to get a breeder trap today from the pet store and if he's looking better by tomorrow I'm going to put him in there so he can be in the water of the tank, but be able to get to the air easier. Does that sound like a good idea?
Yeah that's true. Well I'll just wait until the end of the week and if he isn't showing any symptoms I will let him out and see how he does. The others are all doing fine so maybe it's not a disease or anything. He's perked up a good bit today.
I don't have any IAL or oak on hand right at this moment, but I will try to get some. Hopefully I won't need it though because he seems to be doing a lot better right now.... I really don't know what's going on! He's not bloated anymore either so that's good. His poop is normal too.