Originally Posted by scootshoot
I had algae growing and I felt the water clearing solution helped keep the cloudiness at bay. I am also using an algae brush to get rid of it. Should I buy a new brush? Can it be contaminated from what was in the tank?
Could be you are full up with ammonia. Are you doing water changes? Need much more info to help
What size is your tank? 15 gallon
What temperature is your tank? Kept at 75 degrees to 78 degrees. It seems to fluctuate a bit whenever it's cold in my house.
Does your tank have a filter? Yep.
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? I tried ghost shrimp and they died. I tried a snail and it died too. It was divided three ways between the bettas.
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Betta pellets and freeze dried bloodworms.
How often do you feed your betta fish? Once a day. I'd give 3-4 pellets each or a few bloodworms. I'd alternate each day.
How often do you perform a water change? Every 2 to 2.5 weeks.
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 20%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? I'd put in the water conditioning fizzy tablet and then add a small bit of water clearing solution.
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
I have not been able to do so yet. All the fish stores in my area are at least an hours drive from me. I drive that far away to work and my schedule is annoyingly difficult to work with.
Ammonia: This was not able to be tested on my kit for some reason....How do you find out?
Nitrate: .5 to 1.0 (so apparently not good)
pH: 8.4 (in the alkalinity range according to my chart...not sure what that means)
Hardness: 150 (hard)
Alkalinity: 300 (high on my chart)
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? Not to the naked eye
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? More lethargic and inactive. Not swimming and not interested in food. Would lay and "pant" at bottom of tank and couldn't swim straight. Would dash to the surface only when needed. It would be hard to actually catch them with my hand when I tried to see if they would move.
When did you start noticing the symptoms? About 2-3 days before the death of each betta.
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? At first I thought it was a swim bladder for the first fish and was advised to do nothing. The next time they got sick I was mystified and sough advice. People suggested Ich but it was too late by that time.
Does your fish have any history of being ill? No. They did beautifully in their individual smallish (ranging from 1 gal to 2.5 gallon) homes when they were in there. They started these issues when put in the new tank.
How old is your fish (approximately)? Had each of them for less than two months if that helps.
What method of cycling did you start to use? Just let the pump run, put in the starter cycle liquid that came with the tank, and let it go from there.
Thank you all for your input and advice.