My boyfriendís roommate had three female bettas at their house. They were fine for a while, but then he stopped taking care of them. He kept saying he would take care of them, but after one of them died, I just took the tank (he did say I could at one point). Problem is, they are now really, really badly off. Iíve been reading the forums and doing what I can, but Iím lost.
What size is your tank? Ė I think itís 2 gal.
What temperature is your tank? Ė About 76 F
Does your tank have a filter? - Yes
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? ĖI have 2 females
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Ė Betta flakes
How often do you feed your betta fish? Ė Once a day
How often do you perform a water change? Ė For now, once a day
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? Ė 50ish?
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Ė Top Fin water conditioner
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters? - No
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? How has your betta fish's behavior changed?
When did you start noticing the symptoms?
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how?
Does your fish have any history of being ill?
How old is your fish (approximately)?
Okay, this part is complicated. Mitsu (my red) is much worse off. My blue (still unnamed) probably isnít great but sheís alive and swimming, so Iím focusing on Mitsu right now.
Things that went wrong: the guy who used to have them let the tank get absolutely disgusting. Also, it was getting colder and he didnít replace the broken heater. Then when he cleaned it, I think he used tap water (the water purifier was used up) and he just threw away the gravel. Oh, and he went on vacation without buying them food.
I brought them to my house, added gravel, a heater, a plastic water bottle baffle around the filter, and a temperature strip. Iím trying to cycle the tank but I donít know much about it. I also added an oak leaf from my front yard, which hasnít had any pesticides or anything. I changed about 50% of the water every day, and before I left on vacation, they looked better. Mitsu had spent all her time lying in the corner gasping for air and making periodic lunges for the surface. When I left, she had taken to lying on top of the filter instead, her nose perched right at the water, and she would take breaks to swim around like normal. This was big because I think she was swimming a bit sideways. And my blue (I think sheís royal, or was, but itís hard to tell) had lost nearly all of her color, but she started gaining it back.
I left instructions about their feeding and water with my mom. I set up two gallon water jugs (that had had only water before) and I added the water conditioner so she wouldnít have to. I asked her to just scoop out at least half of their water and add the preconditioned stuff to the same level. She did this two days after I left, and she said that right away, my blue started looking really, really sick. Mitsu just fell back to the bottom of the tank. Iím home now and Mitsu looks even worse than when I brought her here. I donít know what else to do. My mom thinks I should put the poor thing out of her misery. Iím hoping she can get better because she did before, butÖ
There is one thing I noticedóthere seems to be some squishy pink poop on the bottom. I donít know which of them itís from. It's so hard to say even what's been going on because I've only been able to observe them for about two days, what with me being on vacation.