So Nettle is sort of lethargic right now, he has been all day.. I can see that he's a bit bloated so I'm going to fast him. Just did a water test this morning and the levels seem mostly fine, and I just changed a portion of the water. Any ideas, or should I just chill and see what happens? All of the ghost shrimp are foraging around on the bottom and seem fine, and since inverts are sensitive to water quality I'm not sure it's that.
What size is your tank?; 5gal hex
What temperature is your tank?; Right now ~80*
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?, couple of ghost shrimp.
What type of food do you feed your betta fish?; New Life Spectrum betta pellets, frozen brine shrimp once or twice a week
How often do you feed your betta fish?; Six days a week, he gets three pellets in the morning.
How often do you perform a water change?; Roughly once every 5-7 days.
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change?; About 20-30%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change?; At the moment he's regrowing his fin so I add a small amount of aquarium salt in addition to the Tetra water conditioner I have.
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
pH: about 8, not sure how to safely lower it.
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed?; his belly is slightly bloated, but that's it.
How has your betta fish's behavior changed?; less swimming, more hanging out at the tank's bottom. sort of lethargic.
When did you start noticing the symptoms?; very late last night/this morning.
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how?; I did change a portion of the water.
Does your fish have any history of being ill? I haven't had him long, so no.
How old is your fish (approximately)?; He's a petco fish, so probably 6-12 months?
I'm thinking I just need to change more of the water, just wanted a second opinion. Thanks.