I had my Betta, General Mao, for only about 5 days, and woke up to find him dead this morning. I am going to go into as much detail as I possibly can in hopes that someone knows what happened and can help me avoid it from happening again with my next betta (when I will get him, I don't know..)
SO. I brought General Mao home on Monday night. He was the prettiest Betta in the whole store and the most active. He was living temporarily in a half gallon Marina Betta home, but once Wdnesday rolled around I was feeling pretty bad about how small it was. He had started rufusing to eat his food and would just sit at the bottom laying against a rock. The water even seemed cold, so the next day after work I went to the store I had bought him and got him a 10 gallon Marinaland LED aquarium with a filter and heater.
The new tank set up had 3 big plants for him, one large rock hiding cavern, and one small rock cavern. When I first put him in he seemed a bit in shock but soon grew used to it and loved swimming around and playing with everything,
He immediatly began to show signs of being MUCH MUCH BETTER.
On Friday (yesterday) when I came home from work I had even found he had made a bubble nest.
I was looking around the forums more by this time and had found out about cycling, something I unfourtunatly had not done because was compleatly unaware until after he was in his tank, and didn't think too much of it because he seemed to be doing well (besides not eating really still..) but just in case yesterday I did a 25% water change (treated the water, yes) of his 10 gallon tank.
After this water change things got bad when I checked up on him a few hours later. All the sudden (and I mean ALL THE SUDDEN) it looked like his fins were disintegrating, they were thinner then they had been and would get thicker at the tips, like they were slowly peeling off. He was laying at the bottom of the tank, flopping onto his side, he was flaring his cheeks alot more than usual, and he was staying in the same place (or at least trying to) but just floppin about sticking his face down into the rocks everywhere. He was also having little twitches or spazzes quite often in between flopping over.
I was really worried, mostly about how his fins were all the sudden looking so bad, but i really didn't know what to do anymore after that, so i went to bed hoping for the best and that he would be better in the morning.
I woke up this morning and he was dead, discoloured, and on his back at the bottom of the tank. I removed him with a net, noticed bits of fin around him in the net, and put him in the toilet (yes he was FOR SURE dead)
When i did this I noticed he was leaving red liquid marking on the toilet bowl (he was dark blue and dark red) but the color was literally coming off of him. He also seemed to have some white slimey stuff on him that was floating in the tank falling off of him as i removed him.
Next I am going to answer the questions for when asking for help:
What size is your tank? 10 gallons
What temperature is your tank? about 81 degrees
Does your tank have a filter? yes
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? just the filter
Is your tank heated? yes
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? none
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? betta pellets
How often do you feed your betta fish? would try giving one pellet 2-3 times daily since he is young but he refused even that
How often do you perform a water change? tank was brand new, changed 25% water yesterday before he died
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 25%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? water treater for fish
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
No, i don't have a test kit, this is probably where i really went wrong :(
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? loss of fins very suddenly it looked like...
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? hanging out at bottom of tank, tremors, flopping on his side, loss of appetite
When did you start noticing the symptoms? last night they became obvious (besides the food issue)
Any help is much appreciated.
I have an empty 10 gallon tank and would like to get another betta soon but not if the same thing is going to happen...