What size is your tank? 2 gallon drum bowl
What temperature is your tank? 72 degrees Fahrenheit
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? none
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Betta Bites and freezedried bloodworms
How often do you feed your betta fish? 3 pellets in the morning, 2 bloodworms at night
How often do you perform a water change? 2 times a week
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 50%-100%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? water conditioner (stress coat)
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters? No
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? No change in color or appearance
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? lethargic, bottom of the bowl or floating at the top
When did you start noticing the symptoms? just a few days ago
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? water change with aquarium salt
Does your fish have any history of being ill? ich that was treated within a week
How old is your fish (approximately)? 8-9 months
Now before everyone jumps down my throat for not having the betta in a 10 gallon filtered and heated tank I have taken care of him for well over a month now in the bowl and he was very active and healthy. He was a birthday present for my boyfriend and I just gave him his betta this weekend on Saturday. Kepler was perfectly fine that day and explored everything, but according to my boyfriend he started slowing down yesterday and now won't/can't eat anything today. First his right pectoral fin won't move as much as the left and now the left pectoral fin is slowing down as well. My boyfriend sent me some photos of Kepler but all was very fuzzy, from what I could see, his fins aren't as spread out as much as they used to and he looks very sluggish.
What are you opinions and suggestions? and no, getting a larger tank or a filter is not a possibility at this moment and does not seem to be the culprit of his symptoms.
ETA: before Kepler was given to my boyfriend his water temperature was around the same and sometimes lower (my dorm/home was really cold) and he fared just fine in the cooler water and was active and happy as far as I could tell.