What size is your tank? 5 gal
What temperature is your tank? 80
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? a stupid cherry shrimp that wasn't supposed to be in the moss.
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? betta pellets. I have frozen blood worms but I'm afraid to alter anything.
How often do you feed your betta fish? twice the first 2 days. I've only fed him once today.
How often do you perform a water change?
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?
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? His fins are losing color and his overall color is starting to look dull. He also has a discolored spot on his head that has gotten bigger in 3 days.
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? His tail is starting to drag a bit. His fins are clamped close to his body. He still eats, isn't lethargic and can flare (I'm not having him flare for fun, only for diagnosis).
When did you start noticing the symptoms? Yesterday, day 2 of having him home and he seemed to be having a hard time staying afloat to rest. Today he's been fine but if he stops swimming his tail droops. His abdomen isn't swollen and I didn't over feed him (I did that to a fish when I was a kid and I've never forgotten that lesson).
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? Lifeguard tablet first dose and aquarium salt along with worried looks.
Does your fish have any history of being ill?
How old is your fish (approximately)? I've only had him 3 days
Ok, day 3 and I need help. I know that I should have started here but I just found this forum.
I used API water conditioner.
I ran the filter.
I have pebble substrate that was thoroughly washed.
His temp has always been between 76-80 (it was on the low side when he came home so i slowly bumped it up).
I have fern moss that ended up having a hitchhiker cherry shrimp who wishes he was somewhere else.
I floated him properly, slowly added water to his bag to acclimate him and then set him free in his new home.
Day 1 - Everything was fine. He swam around like a toddler. If he could talk I'm sure he was saying "mine?!" I got him from a LPS (local pet shop right?) and his conditions weren't horrible. He arrived on Tuesday and I bought him on Friday so he wasn't there long. I can't speak for where he was before the shop. His fins didn't seem to be ragged but I guess in hindsight.He ate and was happy.
Day 2 - He ate and again seemed happy but I noticed that his pelvic and anal fins were being held close to his body. I also noticed that if he stopped moving that his but sank a bit. I also noticed this slight discoloration to his head.
Day 3 - his fins look horrible the head discoloration has grew (in one day wth) he's still active and still wants to eat. He started exhibiting signs of rubbing himself against things so I figured that I was looking at fin rot which is why I started the treatment but he also seems to be sluggish this evening. I'm chalking it up to him being tired but I'm also worried.
Should I be doing a water change? If so how much? The lifeguard package said not to until day 6 but I *know* that can't be right. He needs clean water but I don't know what to do.
He doesn't have the pinecone scale look but could this be the first sign of dropsy?
Is there anything else I can do for him? Is it a waiting game? Argh...please help.