Hi all, hopefully one of you can help me.
I bought two male Bettas a couple days ago. I have one of them in a 5 gallon round bowl, and another one in a 2 gallon square tank. "Pony", the one in the 2 gallon square tank, started freaking out one night when i awoke around 2 in the morning to use the bathroom and i turned on my bedroom light. The light must have scared him, because he darted immediately, banging his head against the side of the tank... after he did that, he floated to the top on his side.. i thought he had killed himself, but he was still breathing, and eventually straightened himself and started swimming like normal. I returned to bed, but got woken up frequently to him swimming erratically, banging up against the sides of the tank, flopping out of the water, almost jumping out of the tank. This has been going on for almost 2 days. If i go anywhere near the tank, he flips out, starts swimming into the walls and into the rocks, hurting himself. Sometimes i see him just floating around, looking like he is dead... but he isn't! Will this go away? Is there something i can do for him? I feel like maybe he banged his head to hard, and now hes mentally handicapped! I dont know! I know thats awful to say, but i really dont know what could be wrong with him. Ive searched his symptoms on this website and all over the net and havent really found anything that fits. Please help!
What size is your tank? 2 gallon, square
What temperature is your tank? 76 degrees
Does your tank have a filter? no
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? no
Is your tank heated? lamp heated
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? none, except a small plant!
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? i keep it interested in what its eating, flake food (Betta Max CE Flakes) Crisps (TetraColor Tropical Crisps) Freeze dried bloodworms, Frozen Bloodworms (some days), Brine Shrimp (some days)
How often do you feed your betta fish? twice a day, couple flakes, couple crisps, a bloodworm, maybe.
How often do you perform a water change? 50% once every 2 days, 100% once a week. (its a small tank... gets dirty fast)
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? freshwater salt, stress coat, nutratfin water conditioner
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters? i have no tested my water.
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? Pony has remained his normal color which is a light pink, with red points on his fins. his eyes seem to be a little bigger, but not "popeye" big... he just has a "surprised look"
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? see original story above.
When did you start noticing the symptoms? 2 days 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)?