A lot of the 'questions you should answer' form does not apply because I have had Fidget less than 24hrs so I'll just do a brief sum-up:
2gal tank, heated between 78* and 79*
I brought Fidget home yesterday from the store. I had lost my previous and first Betta the day before, but had done a full scrub out (just hot water no soap) of the tank and changed the water and such before putting Fidget in. Water is conditioned, no I do not have a water test kit.
Fidget was INCREDIBLY active at the store when I picked him up, but slowed down a little while I was transitioning him to the new tank. (took 5 hours to transition, letting him float to adjust to temp first, then gradually adding the new water) He swam around a bit yesterday but mostly floated near the top, which I put down to stress from the transition.
This morning he was a bit droopy--I offered pellets but he refused--but after a bit he was playing around, in and out of the cave he has. That was two or three hours ago. Just now, when I went back up to my room to read/watch him, he was lying on the bottom of the tank looking profoundly dead, did not respond when I tapped the tank. I took the top off to check and he zipped right up, but since then he's been lying on the bottom of the tank. It looks like there are patches of silver or white on his face and he's sort of twitching, like he's trying to swim but just can't do it all the way.
I'm trying to get a decent quality picture but it's not gone well thus far.
Oscar, my first Betta, had similar symptoms just before he died, although they were also accompanied by what appeared to be gasping for air and bloating.
...I have NO IDEA what this is (it doesn't /look/ like pictures of velvet or ick I've seen on the web but as this is my first experience with Bettas I'm hardly an expert) and am afraid Fidget is going to die >< please help!