Hi, I'm new here! I've had my new betta, Sidonie, for a little over a week now. Everything has been going great until now, and he seems to like his new home. He has routines (I feed him around the same times every day and he has a special spot he likes to sleep in). He recognizes me and my husband when we come in the room and he gets all excited. I talk to him and sing to him sometimes. So, happy fishy I think.
I just did the first routine water change on Monday, because that was a week since getting him. I changed out about 20% of the water and treated it with a pinch of aquarium salt (for freshwater fish, to prevent infection), some bacterial supplement (good bacteria), and betta water conditioner.
He's always spit up his food a little bit but lately it seems that he can't keep ANY food down. I was just watching him and not only did he throw up new food but it looked like he threw up some food from last night. I'm really worried about him! Maybe I could be feeding him too much?
I feed him twice a day: I alternate each day between pellets and flakes. On the day he gets pellets I give 2 in the morning and 2 in the evening. On flakes days I give a teeny tiny pinch in the morning and a teeny tiny pinch in the evening. One day each week, I feed him bloodworms as a treat.
Some more information:
*tank is 3.5 gallons with a "whisper" filter
*temperature is 78 degrees (regulated with self-regulating heater)
*I think Sidonie is smaller than the average betta. In the store he seemed smaller than the other crowntails, so I think maybe he is younger.
*I've done a PH test and it came out light yellow which meant it was pretty low I think
*I have not tested for ammonia or anything else...we don't have the money for that this week but maybe in a few if you think it is necessary. (also how would you fix it if there was too much?)
Any suggestions would be great!! I'm going to start feeding him less and see if he is just eating to much. I am just really worried that he is sick; I've been trying so hard to take good care of him! :(