What size is your tank? 2gal
What temperature is your tank? Been sitting at 80* since Tuesday, but has fluctuated from 78*-82* today
Does your tank have a filter? No
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration?Nope
Is your tank heated? Yep
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? None
What type of food do you feed your betta fish?pellets, freeze dried brine shrimp
How often do you feed your betta fish?I've been offering food once a day but he hasn't taken any
How often do you perform a water change? Ideally I'll be doing a 50% change once a week and a 100% change once a week, but I've been doing 100% changes daily since Wednesday
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? seeeeee above
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change?Aquasafe conditioner
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters? N/A
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? he's become a bit paler again
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? He's floating on his side at the top of the tank
When did you start noticing the symptoms? Earlier today
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how?Not for this, but he is being treated for a case of popeye I caught early on, as well as what looked like external parasites
Does your fish have any history of being ill? seee above
How old is your fish (approximately)? dunno, got him Tuesday but he's a bit big, so he could be older
I got Fidget on Tuesday, then on Wednesday noticed what appeared to be a case of external parasites. His eyes were also a bit larger than they had been the day before and had some white stuff on them, so I went out and got Maracyn and some aquarium salt and started treating him with that. He was doing much better Wednesday, Thursday, and most of yesterday. When I changed his water yesterday he seemed more stressed than he had been with the previous water changes. That, combined with the fact that a) it snowed last night and b) our house heater broke last night (which dropped his tank temp 4* even with the adjustable heater, with our house temp at ~55 for most of the day), led me to not change his water today and just put in the dose of Maracyn.
I've been out of my room most of the day, just coming up to check on the tank temp, trying to keep it at around 80* despite the drastically fluctuating house temperature, so he could've started doing the sideways floating thing earlier but I just haven't been around to see. Is this him being more sick or just him sleeping or something?
For the record:
-yes, I know 2gal is a bit small, but poor college student + living in a forced triple = smaller tank for Fidget. Trust me, I'd love to get rid of one of my roommates and give him a bigger tank, but it's not going to happen for a bit.
-yes, I know live food might be able to get him to eat (or at least frozen) but I don't have a freezer at school and my roommates might crucify me if I suggested keeping live food in the fridge. Plus, with his other health issues I really don't want to risk internal parasites right now.
Thanks a lot :)