I'm new to this site and I just inherited a poor little guy from a friend who did not take care of him at all!!! Before I got him I bought a 3 gallon tank and cycled it with no fish in there. I've had him for about 3 weeks now. I'm goi g to fill out the questionnaire and hopefully my pics will upload. Any help would be great. Thanks!!!
What size is your tank? 3 gallons Eclipse
What temperature is your tank? 83 degrees
Does your tank have a filter? Yes
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? Yes
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? Hikari gold pellets
How often do you feed your betta fish? Once a day
How often do you perform a water change? 20% once a week
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 20-30%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Aquarium salt, water conditioner
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
Ammonia: 0 (ideal)
Nitrite: 0 (safe)
Nitrate: 0 (safe)
pH: 6.2 (acidic)
Hardness: 75 (soft)
Alkalinity: 40 (low)
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? He has some black (and one white) freckles on his body and some darkness on the ends of his fins and the fins are clamped I believe. He came to me this way. About a week ago I noticed that he was very bloated. I know (now) that I fed him too much.
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? No change in behavior. Continues to swim all over tank like normal and takes naps when he wants to.
When did you start noticing the symptoms? June 29th (last water change)
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? I fasted him for 4 days while I searched everywhere for daphina to no avail. I finally gave in and tried to feed him some peas but he has only eaten a few tiny bites. He is hungry though because he keeps coming to the top of the tank when I open it and is looking for food.
Does your fish have any history of being ill? I don't think so
How old is your fish (approximately)? Maybe about 1.5-2 years old
I have sucked out all the pea pieces that he hasn't eaten and want to do a water change tomorrow but wanted to try and get some feedback first because I am so worried about the little guy! I called a few pet stores and none of them carry daphnia (frozen or in a can) but I did get the San Francisco Bay Company mixed cubes of frozen food to change up his diet for when he can start eating again. It has bloodworms and some other mixtures and one has daphnia in it. Elmo also seems to have one bright white freckle on his back and some glowing on the top of his tail. I know this is a horrible description but hopefully the pics will help. I don't know if he has fin rot or parasites or what! Oh, and his scales are not flares out at all so I do know that it's not dopsey and he isnt covered in white so it's not ick. Any help for what I should do to help him get better would be greatly appreciated!!!