Ok, so me and my gf purchased a betta from petco about a month ago. We originaly purchased a 1/2 gallon bowl with no heater and no filter. after about a week we realized this was no good. about a week ago we purchased a new 20 gallon, heated, filtered tank. I set the tank up and made sure everything seemed ok for a few days. I used tap water w/ conditioner and used a ph test kit. I had to add ph down twice and it still wont even come close to being 7... When we first put the fish in he seemed fine swimming around, checking everything out. After being in the tank for only 2 days he seems like hes "tired" all the time. He just goes inside his log and lays flat on the bottom not moving for very long periods of time. If I try to get him to move hes very slow to react. This moring I found him right in the middle of the tank out in the open flat against the bottom. I though he was dead and I gave him a nudge with the net. he moved alittle bit and whent right back to laying down. Every once in awile ill see him swimming around but then he goes right back to laying. Now ive been reading and it seems this could be a problem with his bladder. Im going to fast him for a couple days and try the pea thing. but any help would be awesome.
What size is your tank? 20gal
What temperature is your tank? 80
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? none
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? tetra brand betta flakes
How often do you feed your betta fish? once a day, morning
How often do you perform a water change? havent done one yet but was planning on 25% every month?
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change?
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? tap water conditioner
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
Ammonia: not sure buts its only been 3 days
pH: to high, cant tell exactly, wont read about 7.6 on my test kit
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? same
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? tired, laying on bottom
When did you start noticing the symptoms? yesterday
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? started fasting him and gonna feed him a pee
Does your fish have any history of being ill? no
How old is your fish (approximately)? Ive only had him for about a month