I'm trying to set up my first Betta tank. The guy in the store said add the bacteria, wait 2 weeks and you should be good to go.... It wasn't good to go. Result was one poor dead betta
I got a testing kit and the Nitrite levels were off the scale. So I patiently waited until they dropped, and tried again (took another 3 weeks or so). Within 6-12 hours of introducing betta, a cotton like fungus started growing on his side. I gave him a dose Pimafix, but by the next night he was dead.
2 weeks ago I brought a new bettza from a different store and same thing happened, this time I tried Methylene Blue (horid stuff) and it still died by the following night.
Most of the blue stuff is now out of the tank now and I'm thinking about one more try... Not sure what's going wrong? When I introduce the fish, I let the bag float for about 15 mins, add 1/3 more water for 15 mins and another 1/3 for 15 mins and then carefully add fish to tank
Any suggestions? Details of tank are below.
What size is your tank? 5 Gal.
What temperature is your tank? 78F
Does your tank have a filter? Yes
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? Yes
Is your tank heated? Yes
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? Mystery Snail
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Not got to that point yet!
How often do you feed your betta fish? N/A
How often do you perform a water change? Weekly
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? Tetra Aquasafe
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
Ammonia: <0.6 mg/L
Nitrite: 0-0.3 mg/L
Nitrate :5 mg/L
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed?Keep getting cotton like fuzz on sides and mouth
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? Floats near top
When did you start noticing the symptoms? 6-12 hrs after purchase
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? Tried Pimafix last time and Methelyene Blue this time
Does your fish have any history of being ill? N/A
How old is your fish (approximately)? New from store