Hello Everybody, I am a first time betta owner (I have healthy living goldfish) and I'm not sure what's happening to my poor boy :(
He is a very inquisitive little guy, normally always swimming around looking at things, and just yesterday he built a small bubble nest and his fins and tail were partially flared whenever I came near the tank.
Today however, he seems very tired, didn't move when I fed him and instead of a normal tail-swishing movement to swim, he kind of just jiggles with his fins and tail clamped. He's just sitting by his favourite corner (corner closest to me) and not doing much except for breathing and the occasional wiggle.
What size is your tank? 2 Gallons
What temperature is your tank? 78F
Does your tank have a filter? it did but my betta hated it (even after I rigged the flow) so I took it out
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, he lives alone
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Pellets that I soften for 5-10 minutes before feeding
How often do you feed your betta fish? 1 pellet twice a day (breakfast and dinner)
How often do you perform a water change? Once a week
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 50-60%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Water Treatment
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
Ammonia: AmmoniaAlert says <0.02ppm (Safe)
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? Clamped fins
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? Lethargic, when I showed him a mirror for a few seconds, only his gills flare, his tail and fins only half-heartedly
When did you start noticing the symptoms? This morning when I woke up
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? I'm not sure what to do, a lot of people suggest salt in other situations so I might try it after some confirmation from experts
Does your fish have any history of being ill? No, I just got him a week ago
How old is your fish (approximately)? No idea, he's about an inch long and his cup at the pet store was the cleanest and he was the most lively