What size is your tank? 10g
What temperature is your tank? 79-80 farenheit
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? frozen and freeze-dried bloodworms, Top Fin Color-Enhancing Betta Bits, New Life Spectrum Small Fish Formula .5mm Sinking Pellets
How often do you feed your betta fish? 1 bloodworm, 2 Top Fin, and 3-5 New Life a day
How often do you perform a water change? every 2 days
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 25-30% every 2 days, 50% once a week
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? API Stress Coat
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
Hardness: very soft
Alkalinity: 120 ideal
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? Hasn't
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? Literally within a few minutes he went from fine to can't get down. He tries to swim down but floats back up immediately.
When did you start noticing the symptoms? About ten minutes ago
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? So far, I put him in his little Petco cup but he hates it and is flailing around a lot.
Does your fish have any history of being ill? Nope
How old is your fish (approximately)? I'm guessing a year old before I got him, which was a month and a half ago
It's so strange. He was normal when I went to feed him. Just on a whim, I decided to feed him a few TetraColor flakes I bought to cycle a tank. He ate a bite but could not follow the rest down to the bottom. So I started staring at him and he swam and wiggled along the top of the tank but when I put my head down at the same level as the bottom of his tank, he didn't follow me down. I put him in his cup where normally he swims along the bottom sulking. Now he is still floating very much at the top of the cup. I may put him back in his tank because he is getting rather upset in the cup. I will turn off his filter, too, so it doesn't blow him around.
I've seen plenty of cases where they can't rise to the surface but none where they can't drop to the bottom. Watching him now in his tank, he can manage midwater before floating back up. Aside from the extra effort required to go down, he is mostly normal. Breathing a little harder than usual.