We have had this betta for about a month now and he has never been really active but he has been laying on his side and not eating off and on for about a week. I took a water sample to Petsmart last week and they said his ammonia was really high. We treated with Prime and changed 1/2 the water. He perked up for maybe a day. Then it seemed the tank temperature was fluctuating too much at night with it starting to get cool. Last night we went for another water analysis and they said the ammonia was kind of high again. That is after him not eating and taking the unused food out and the day after a 1/2 tank water change plus he has a filter. We picked up a heater last night and this morning the water was like 88. The heater is supposed to keep it at 78. I've talked to different workers at the pet stores and searched tons of internet pages. I'm at a loss with this little guy.
I do not see anything on his body that matches the different fish diseases.
He is a red half moon betta. His color is very pale but I dont really see spots on him. I'm still trying but I expect to find him dead every time I go home. He just looks pitiful. I haven't tried Epsom salts yet. And I thought it was bad to change out all of the water. I thought you needed to keep some old water at all times.
Could he be old and dying? No way of knowing how old he is.
What size is your tank? 2.5 Mini bow betta tank
What temperature is your tank? usually 78-82 although at night it dropped and with the heater it got too hot
Does your tank have a filter? yes
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? no
Is your tank heated? just last night
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? none
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? betta pellets
How often do you feed your betta fish? twice a day but hes not eating
How often do you perform a water change? i think the first was 2 weeks then 1 time a week
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? first time or two a 1/3 the last time about 1/2
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? we used the betta conditioner at first now using the Prime
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
-- we did everything was fine except ammonia the last time
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? pale
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? laying at bottom of tank
When did you start noticing the symptoms? week ago
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? see all above
Does your fish have any history of being ill? just got him not very active
How old is your fish (approximately)? no idea we have had him about a month