What size is your tank? 2.5 gallons
What temperature is your tank? 78-79 degrees
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? BettaMin tropical medley
How often do you feed your betta fish? in the morning and at night
How often do you perform a water change? 25% every other day
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 water purifier/distiller
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
Ammonia: Not sure
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? His fins are droopy and look scraggly.
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? He was extremely active until I tried to introduce another fish and a snail.
When did you start noticing the symptoms? Shortly after adding the tank mates.
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? No
Does your fish have any history of being ill? No
How old is your fish (approximately)? Not sure
I have to admit that I made a big mistake. A PetSmart employee told me it was okay to add fish with my betta. She told me to add a tetra every week until there were three. I had read some things online advising not to do that. But I was talking to someone I wanted to trust...and I was excited to let Steve have a few friends.
Steve used to be very active. He swam all over the tank and explored. He never even bothered with his little terracotta pot cave I made for him (I broke off the edges and then sanded them down with a file). After I added the first tetra and a snail Steve started to sulk. He became less and less active. A few hours later I decided to take them out. Now Steve is hardly eating and he hides in his little fish cave. He does not come up for air. When he does swim his tail droops.
Is my Betta sick or upset or stressed out? I have been doing 50% water changes every other day. I really do not want to lose Steve, but I realized I made some very big beginner mistakes. Thanks for any help, cheers.