Originally Posted by Echo
one of the ladies i work with takes generally good care of her betta.. he has a 1 gallon bowl, no filter and no heater, but the water temp is consistent (yes, i checked on the sly
). recently, though, he seems to be swimming in place and sort of on his side, and sometimes clamping to the side as if he's got cramps. he rarely surfaces and he won't eat.. she's changed his water twice this week so far (she's in a bit of a panic.. she uses those bowl buddies fizzy pellets *ugh* 24 hours before plonking him in). she's had him for six months now, and he's been relatively healthy and happy. he's gone from a rich blue with orange fins to a dull blue-black with orange-brown fins. is he on his last fin, do you think? or is there something else we can try?
In a unfiltered one gallon bowl I usually suggest 100% water changes daily..Or every other day at the least...How much and how often does she feed him? What is the temp.? I also suggest switching to a good water conditioner..It will be cheaper and more effective in the long term than the fizzy tabs.If he is having bouyancy issues it sounds like he may have a swim bladder issue...Which I believe is treated with Epsom salt. you may get better answers by filling out the sticky at the top of disease and emergency section and posting it in that section.....
I hope he feels better!
Here is the sticky:
What size is your tank?
What temperature is your tank?
Does your tank have a filter?
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration?
Is your tank heated?
What tank mates does your betta fish live with?
What type of food do you feed your betta fish?
How often do you feed your betta fish?
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?
How has your betta fish's behavior changed?
When did you start noticing the symptoms?
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how?
Does your fish have any history of being ill?
How old is your fish (approximately)?