What size is your tank? 2 gallons
What temperature is your tank? 76-78 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? Yes
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? No mates, only live plants, stones, and a little house.
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Freeze dried bloodworms How often do you feed your betta fish? Once a day
How often do you perform a water change? Once per week
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? About 80%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? I use bottled water and add mineral drops.
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? Fading color
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? At this point he cannot swim, has zero interest in food, labored breathing at times, doesn't try to get to top for air, hasn't pooped in a long time. (Although he's doesn't appear to be bloated)
When did you start noticing the symptoms? He started showing signs of change a few weeks ago.
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? Changing water and lowering the level. Tried giving him peas but he shows no interest whatsoever.
Does your fish have any history of being ill? No
How old is your fish (approximately)? Not sure. I've had him for almost a year.
So several weeks ago I noticed my betta just hanging out in his plants all day. I know this isn't unusual for bettas but until that point he would happily swim around during the day. I went online and read that he could just be cold. I went out and bought a thermometer and his water was a frigid 70 degrees. (This was around the beginning of fall so it makes since that his water temp. was lower than it had been) Anyways, I went out and bought a heater and a 2 gallon bowl. (He was in a 1 gallon but the heater's suggested use was at least a 2 gallon bowl) I set him all up and as the water temp. went up, so did he. Back to his normal happy self.
Then I started noticing his swimming. He was having trouble staying at the top and would basically lay around (usually in his plants) until his mad dash for air, then just float back down. I also noticed he hadn't been pooping like he normally did. I went online and discovered it was probably swim bladder from this site..
It sounded like constipation was the culprit being that his staple diet was blood worms, although his belly didn't (and still doesn't) appear to be bloated. I tried offering peas to no avail. I stopped offering food for a few days but he stayed the same. And he has been getting progressively worse.
Now he cannot swim to the top (or anywhere) at all. He just lays on the bottom of his bowl. Sometimes it looks like he's trying to swim but his body just won't move. His color is fading and he has zero interest in any kind of food. It's like he's completely given up on life. He's basically just withering away.
I've read stories of other fish having (around) the same symptoms and dieing within a week or so. It's been a couple weeks now and he's still around. He hasn't eaten, doesn't come up for air (even though his water is low now), nothing. I don't get it. Any ideas?