Problematic tank all around. I put a cover over the filter intake, which Casper was getting stuck to. I rigged a very effective buffer for the filter current that was knocking him around. I'm treating him with Betta Fix and adding in aquarium salt for his fin rot. I can't seem to do right by him....
Now the water test results seem scary!!
What size is your tank?
What temperature is your tank?
constant 78 degrees
Does your tank have a filter?
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration?
no. should I?
Is your tank heated?
What tank mates does your betta fish live with?
What type of food do you feed your betta fish?
We haven't seen him eat once in 2 WEEKS (since I got him). I switch his options up Hikari Betta Bio-Gold, Aquarian pellets, and Zoo Med Dial-A-Treat with daphnia, blood worms, and mysis. He's only started noticing the food I put in days ago, but still doesn't seem to consume it.
How often do you feed your betta fish?
I try twice a day, taking out the uneaten food.
How often do you perform a water change?
right now, I'm doing it daily...
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change?
about 25%, but I did a 50% change yesterday
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change?
Prime with every water change, and a bacteria supplement once a week. I started dosing with Betta Fix last night, and put in the aquarium salt for the first time last night. I'll do a 25% water change shortly, how do I go about supplementing the aquarium salt? Do I add the appropriate amount to the conditioned water that I'll be putting in?
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
I'm using a color coded strip set from Jungle Fish Care. If it's as accurate as it and the pet store people say, the water doesn't seem safe.
.75 (in between .5 and 1.0, in between "stressful" and "harmful")
2.00 ppm ("stressful"
10 ppm ("safe")
in between 7.8 and 8.4!!
in between 150 ppm ("hard") and 300 ppm ("very hard")
seems a bit over 180 ppm, but not by much (so just outside of "ideal", 300 being "high")
Also, the water has had a smell for about a week. Not a foul bacteria or scum smell. More chemically....
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed?
His colors haven't gotten better over the past week. He's darkening in some spots on his body.
How has your betta fish's behavior changed?
He's actually pretty active, and much improved from when we first got him. He was in shock for about a week (the warmest he's ever been, in the biggest container he's ever been, and with the most color he's ever seen). He darts up and down one side of the tank a lot.... I want him to eat!
Have you started treating your fish?
If so, how? Betta Fix, starting last night
How old is your fish (approximately)?
He seems small, so I would think less than 6 months.