My poor Colin is very ill and I don't know whats wrong. I think it all started out when I moved back to college after summer break. I don't think that the water here agreed with him so he was flashing a little and hurt himself on his plastic plant (which I have since removed after research). Since then he has become discolored, with his bright blue and red fins turning a dull pinkish grey, as well as lethargic and not as inquisitive or active as he was. This was about a month ago. I immediately did all of the researching I could and bought conditioners for the tank (AmQuel Plus and NovAqua Plus) as well as some test strips and Triple Sulfa Anti-Bacterial Fish Medication (because it seemed to me that he had the beginnings of either fin rot or septicemia). I have gone through two full courses of the Triple Sulfa with some improvement, but then he just gets more ill again.
I just transfered him into a much bigger tank, (5 gal from 1 gal) thinking that the larger tank would help him get well, but now he just sits at the bottom all day and barely moves and when he does its frantically. He got himself caught behind the filter somehow today when I was in class and now has those strange grey cuts on his forehead... It looks like he's exhausted, but he wont eat anything either... I am very worried about him... please help...
The three most recent pictures are from tonight. I also included a picture of how he was 1.5 weeks ago and how he looked when I first got him.
What size is your tank? Was 1 gal now it's 5.
What temperature is your tank? I don't have a heater, so probably colder than it should be... (I've ordered one though)
Does your tank have a filter? The new one does but I had to turn it off because it looked like it was too strong and was pulling him over.
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? No
Is your tank heated? No
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? None (before he didn't have room and I don't want to introduce any while he's sick.)
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Freeze dried blood worms (he hasn't eaten for at least three days...)
How often do you feed your betta fish? Twice a day 3 worms each time.
How often do you perform a water change? Once or twice a week.
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? Either 100% or 20%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? NovAqua Plus, AmQuel Plus, BettaFix
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? He was bright Dark Blue all over with scarlet ventral fins and a scarlet flash on his anal fin. His heas is so dark its almost black and his dorsal fin is teal/turquoise
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? Lethargic, won't eat, flashes around when he does move.
When did you start noticing the symptoms? About 2 1/2 weeks ago. I have been attempting to self treat.
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? Two courses of Triple Sulfa separated by about a week. Followed by Betta Fix for 2 days.
Does your fish have any history of being ill? No
How old is your fish (approximately)? 1/2-2 yrs...?