Hi All, got a little dude yesterday. Got him from a local breeder so no ikky pet store horror story to tell. He's quite young (spawned late jan 2011)
But I'm worried that he's not well. We got him home and put him into his pre-heated tank. Floated him in his bag etc...he was eager to get out and all that and when he did finalyy get free he played and played. Ate three pellets and just generally went nuts but within 6 hours he was floating in the top corner of the tank. very lethargic and generally sad. He was still like that this afternoon. He perked up for a bit in the middle of the day while I was testing the water but yeh - he's one pretty sad fish.
Could he be lonely? Being so young and having only just come from his spawn tank / barrack set up to being an only fish? I know that sounds dumb but he is all on his own.
About to do a water change to see if that will help.
By the way - I'm in Australia so if you recommend a brand of something can you tell me exactly what it's supposed to do so I can try to make sure I get something equal if I cant find the exact product mentioned.
thanks in advance.
What size is your tank? about 20L
What temperature is your tank? sitting at 80F
Does your tank have a filter? yes - it came in the kit - dont know what kind it is
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? - dont think do
Is your tank heated? - yes - as above
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? none.
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? he is on Betta pellets. Not sure what the old owner had him on. Brine shrimp I think
How often do you feed your betta fish? we fed him once a few hours after getting home
How often do you perform a water change? have not yet done so
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?
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
Ammonia: about 0.25ppm
Nitrite:between 0.25 and 0.5ppm
Nitrate: as above
Hardness: dont know
Alkalinity: don know
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed?
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? he's sluggish I think
When did you start noticing the symptoms? within 6 hours of being put in his new tank
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? about to test some rain water I have sitting around to see if its OK to go into his tank. Will do a 50% water change
Does your fish have any history of being ill? dont know
How old is your fish (approximately)? 2 months.
He has an Indian Almond leaf and some java moss in his tank as well as one silk plant and one plastic coral thing. All rinsed in warm water at least one week ago.