What size is your tank? 10 gal
What temperature is your tank? 76
Does your tank have a filter? yes, not currently using it because medication directions said not to
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? Bettamin Flakes and some bloodworms. Though, he hasn't been eating at all. He did eat the flakes before he boycotted food altogether. I bought the bloodworms to see if he would start eating those. He never did. I really think he just isn't eating because he's sick, not because he doesn't like the food.
How often do you feed your betta fish? once a day
How often do you perform a water change? once a week, though I've been doing it a little more because I think he's sick
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 1/4-1/3
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? water conditioner and a buffer for right now
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
Hardness: Very Hard
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? Well, King Fishy and I have had a few rounds. First he was just fine in his water. Then he started acting lethargic. Then he was barely moving. Then he stopped eating. Then there were specks showing up on him. The specks are now gone since I started treating him with meds. Now he is turning a yellow/gold/green around his gills and on the small fins on the bottom of his body by his gills (obviously do not know proper fin terms). BUT, he is moving more today. I walked up to the tank this morning and he flared up at me. He hasn't done that in days. Then he swam pretty rapidly to the top to blow a bubble and get some air. He kind of drifted back to the bottom and knocked into his castle. Almost like he couldn't or didn't care to control his way down to the gravel. When he got to the gravel he swam a little bit to get himself situated where he wanted to be. He's now just laying there. Looks better than he did though.
How has your betta fish's behavior changed?
When did you start noticing the symptoms?
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? Yes, took the carbon out of the filter and have been giving him two tabs of Jungle Lifeguard every 24 hours. Those were the directions on the package. I still have a couple more days to go. I have also been using a buffer to slowly bring down the pH and have been slowly phasing in water that isn't as hard as the water I was using. I think the water started this stress in the first place and now he is falling prey to illness I can't diagnose.
Does your fish have any history of being ill?Problems since I've got him. I've been bothering this forum just about everyday regarding King.
How old is your fish (approximately)? Almost 3 weeks since I've had him. Who knows how long he was at Petco.
Does anyone know why he would be turning yellowish gold? Should I keep him on the Jungle Lifeguard since it appears to be working?