My sick Betta Friend... Answered all the questions recommended below... any help or suggestions would be wonderful as I have really gotten attached and i want to save this guy but not sure if he is just too far gone???
What size is your tank? 2 Gallon (saving for 5 gallon to upgrade) I am one of those first time Betta owner who thought I was doing awesome giving him 2 gallons versus the tiny cups most get... but after reading i see now that he needs even bigger soooo i am saving for that but in the meantime need to fix him :(
What temperature is your tank? usually around 78 but heater allows a drop to as low as 74 and goes as high as 80. He did not have a heater at all before and the first time I saw him acting weird I read up and found I needed heater so dashed out to buy one and he has had it even since.
Does your tank have a filter? Small Undergravel
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? Yes a tube that goes into the Under gravel thing and has a cylinder stone
Is your tank heated? Yes, but its a pre set heater
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? None
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? The Betta Pellets
How often do you feed your betta fish? Twice a day 2-3 pellets and purchased him frozen blood worms but have not fed those yet cuz he got sick and I wanted to try to fix him first
How often do you perform a water change? Not as often as I should, but just Friday 10/15 i did a full water change. Making sure to treat water with de clorinator, and floated him in a cup in the tank for several hours to be sure water temp was the same. I also added Fish-Mox to try and fix him.
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? I have always done full water changes but have only had this guy about a month.
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Top Fin Water Conditioner I just purchased Stress Zyme but have not added it yet to the water... waiting to get your opinions.
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
Have not tested water.
Symptoms and Treatment
Got this guy from Petsmart couple months ago and it all started about about a month ago he was no acting himself and was spending more time on top or at the bottom so I did a full water change and figured out he needed a heater so bought one and he seemed better after that. Then about a week after that with warm water and all he was acting funny again so did a full water change and again he seemed to perk up a bit more. Then about a week ago he seemed not to feel good again so did another full water change and again seemed a little better. Then a day or two later I hit the internet and started reading and here is what I see.
His body has turned grey, his gills do not close all the way (assume he has some sort of gill disease) his fins are clamped and he sits on the bottom. Somtimes when swimming he allow himself to bend in half and it looks really funny. He is not eating that i can see. My baby is gonna starve to death if this illness doesnt kill him first :,(
So Friday I did full water change again and added meds this time.
Per instructions on the bottle of meds (Fish-Mox) I have done:
Friday-Full water change and medication
Sunday - 25% water change & Medication
When I did the full water change Friday and added the medication almost immediatly he seemed a little more lively (not completly normal though) , saw a bit more color in his body and was not so clamped on his fins but then still did alot of sitting at the bottom. I was puzzeled at how he could change that quickly?? So water change made me hopfull but he still lays on the bottom and then by next morning he was starting to clamp fins again and being blah again sometimes when he is swimming to the top he will allow himself to kinda bend in half. This morning I though he was dead he was on the bottom sorta tipped to the side and I had to slosh the water to get him to even move. Put food in the tank and he swam right to the top like he normally would to come and eat but then didnt even try once he got there he just sorta sat there and then went to the bottom again.
Ok so I hope you can follow my story and hope that you have some ideas on how to fix him!!! Thank you!!