Hi everyone! I've just found your site and WOW! What a wonderful world of beta lovers and sooo much valuable info!
Here's the quick rundown of our situation...I hope you can help!
Beta's name..."Regular Fish"...named by our 4 year old so we go with it lol. We've had him for 3 months. He's in a 1 gallon tank, no filter or heater (don't kill me yet...I'm learning fast this isn't a good plan, but I had no idea!...I thought I was doing him a favor compared to the little 2cup deals that Petsmart guy was telling me was fine). He gets tap water with Aqueon Beta Bowl Plus, changed every couple of days. His bowl is near the window, not direct sun but pretty darn bright. He was a pretty blue when we got him, and his fins were "fine".
Now...he's not feeling well. I might guess he's got velvet from reading on here the last hour or so? His body color has gone "dull"...covered by a brownish (not noticably fuzzy or hairy) but maybe kind of a "film". I tried to shine a light on him in the dark and I'm not seeing "gold" as I've read in some other threads...but maybe because he's a darker fish it shows more in the brown range? But his color has definitely changed...no longer nice blue like it was. His demeanor isn't as happy as it was a few weeks ago. His appetite is down but he will eat a pellet or two a day as opposed to all of the 3-4 pellets 2x's per day he was (per bottle directions). He is burying himself as best he can under the statue that decorates his bowl. He'll stay "stuck" down there for a long time, til one of us is sure he's dead and then we wiggle the bowl and he'll come up. He still swims around some, but not as much as he did the first two months. His fins also seem to have small "knots" at the ends. These weren't there when we got him. Help on this one too please!
I'll try to attach a couple of pictures...
The first picture is from right after we got him for comparison. I forgot that his tail used to be bright red! It isn't any more, it's dull and blah/brownish bluish now. He also doesn't flare all pretty like that any more, his fins/tails just sorta stay skinny and together.
The second picture is today. I hope you can see the brown film I'm talking about. If not tell me and I'll try again (seriously, it's HARD to take a good picture of a fish lol!). You can also see the ends of his fins/tail are "knotted". He's also in his new normal position of hiding under the statue.
Thank you again for any input! I'm so scared I'm killing Regular Fish, my heart is breaking!