What size is your tank? 5 gallon
What temperature is your tank? 78
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? pellets
How often do you feed your betta fish? once a day, skipping a day once a week (3 pellets)
How often do you perform a water change? once a week, mega change once a month
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 30%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? dechlorinator
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
Haven't tested them today, but I can if the problem is possibly related, just trying to get a fast answer
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? No change in appearance
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? Low activity level, lays down a lot, often on his side. He swims vertically too, and possibly seems to have a curve in his spine
When did you start noticing the symptoms? last night
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? I did a water change, but was unsure what else to do at this point
Does your fish have any history of being ill? Never
How old is your fish (approximately)? A little over a year
Very sad, he looks absolutely pathetic. I'm not sure what it is(seems like so many diseases have similar symptoms) but could it be swim bladder disorder? I know that makes them 'swim' funny. But he just lays down crumpled at the bottom of his tank all day, sometimes on his side, sometimes vertically. Scares me a lot. He doesn't like to swim. He came up for food this morning(only fed him one) but then just went straight back down to the bottom. He is usually a very active plakat, but now is just sad.. He can breathe fine, and has no reddish gils or hurt looking scales. Coloration is normal. Just sits down a lot.
I tried to research and found all sorts of answers and some people saying that it could be swim bladder disorder since sometimes it will just cause the betta to have trouble swimming, not always making them float. I feel that if it is sbd, I would know what caused it. My parents used to take care of him while I was in college, and since I've been back have had trouble adjusting to me being his primary caretaker. We had to make a sign so we could tell if he was fed today or not. Sometimes that means they will accidentally feed him on his fasting day, or I will feed him after they already have if they didn't say so. I keep telling them to just STOP, but they think I don't know how to take care of a dang fish.
If it's something else... Well. I hope it's something he can get better from.
It's totally heartbreaking to return to this site only to talk about my first little betta being sick. I really hope he recovers.