Im new to the forum and betta fish, so Im not sure how to help my poor little guy! His name is Kai and I picked him up on Monday from pet smart where he was actively flaring at everyone around him. He didn't look sick or lethargic at all. I brought him home, and placed him in a cycled, heated and sparingly planted tank (has two real plants one fake). I spent around 2 hours acclimating him to his new enviorment slowly. This morning when I woke up for work (around 5am) he was laying behind his heater. I came home at 10am and he was still in the same spot. Now at 9:22pm he's still there? I know he's not dead, he occasionally lifts his head to breathe and will move if I tilt the heater forward. He also has not eaten at all. And so far he has had a good appetite. I do have another betta fish (Marvin, a Veiltail purchased 3 weeks ago) and he is fine. Kai started this behavior when I placed a box between his and Marvin's tank because Marvin wouldn't stop nipping at his tail everytime Kai would look at him. Im not sure what is wrong with him, but I had another betta before Marvin and Kai who exibited the same behavior and then passed shortly after.
Any help would be appreciated!
What size is your tank? 1 gallon
What temperature is your tank? Around 75
Does your tank have a filter? No. It was too strong :[
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? Nope
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? Aqueon Pellets
How often do you feed your betta fish? Twice a day two pellets each time.
How often do you perform a water change? Twice a week
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 50% one time and 100% the next
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Aqueon water conditioner
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
Never had it tested, but I have a private well. I do know that it has high Iron levels?
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed?
His coloring is the same. Keeps his fins clamped though.
How has your betta fish's behavior changed?
He went from being active and flaring at everything (including me... lol) to lethargic. He just lays behind his heater unmoving. He will move if I move his heater. Usually just to find some other spot. He also has stopped eating.
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?
Not that I know of, I just purchased him on Monday!
How old is your fish?
Best guess? 1 year
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