I don't know what I am doing wrong. I'm in tears right now. I left for work this morning, worked my 10 hour shift of he11, ran to Wal-mart to get drinking water as I fear our tap water may be the reason every male betta dies or is not doing well. I get home to find...
1. Moe our very first fish (about 3 1/2 weeks ago) not better but definitely not worse.
2. The Delta Nu's (got them about 2 weeks ago) doing just great.
3. Apollo (got him same time as the girls) still clamped fins and tail fighting to swim and not eating.
4. The gorgeous double tail that we just got Saturday dead.
Is there a trick to caring for males? Please somebody help me... I feel like a failure. Here are specifics...
Moe is in 3 gallon qt. Heater and filter. Temp 78. He has not eaten in weeks. I put aquarium salt in his tank and had been doing 25-50% water changes at least every other day. As last resort (figured he can't get much worse) I started him on bettafix. He's been on it for 3 days. He has improved. still not eating but swimming. I've been told to stop treatment so tomorrow I'll clean the tank.
Apollo was doing great until a few days ago. Was in 2 1/2 gallon heated and filter with some ghost shrimp. He became lethargic and clamped fins after nearly 100% water change. And not eating. He is now in a small critter keeper so I can change water easier with heater no filter.
The one who died hadn't been named yet. He was in a medium critter keeper until the 5 gallon was cycled. Still trying to find pure ammonia. Filter and heater. Now to be a little fair to myself...there were over half a dozen dead betta at Petco when I bought him. So as upset as I am, I'm hoping I'm not to blame.
I do test the water daily. I have the strips. Bought them before I learned that they aren't good. I don't really know what I should buy. I use Prime and aquarium salt. I feed Aqueon betta pellets and sometimes blood worms
Any help would be appreciated. Oh...the guy at Petco said the tap water is bad here. He told me not to use their water but to get cheap drinking water from Wal-mart. The test strips read 8.4 + ph, 300+ alkalinity, 300+ hardness, the nitrates in all the tanks has never been close to 20, nitrites 0 except once in Apollos tank and it was probably about 10, and ammonia never past .5.