Last night my betta Lucky started being lethargic and he lost a lot of color. It also looked like he had ripped his fins and that he had been tail biting. He was just floating by the heater with his nose above the water breathing. It was really late and I could not do an emergency water change so i went to sleep that night hoping that he would survive. This morning I saw that he was struggling to get to the surface and that he was gasping for breath. I could tell he was really struggling so I whipped up a gallon of conditioned water and put him in QT. I lowered the water level so he could get to the surface easier. I am really worried about my baby, so please help me!!
I attached a picture below, but I'm on my phone so it will be quite big. Sorry! He look really pale in the picture and it's not because of the lighting, he is really that pale!!
Here are his stats when I first noticed the symptoms.
What size is your tank? 2.5 Gallons
What temperature is your tank? 76-78 degrees
Does your tank have a filter? No
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? Varied between Aqueon Betta Pellets, Tetra Betta Flakes and Freeze dried blood worms.
How often do you feed your betta fish? Twice a day. I feed him varied amounts but always the equal amount to about two pellets.
How often do you perform a water change? Twice a week. But this past week I was only able to do 1-100%. Life happens I can't help it.
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 1-50% 1-100%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? API stress coat plus. I just switched to it this past week.
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
I do not test my water.
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? He has gotten very pale and he absolutely shredded his fins.
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? He is acting very lethargic and is having a hard time getting to the surface to breath. He was also gasping for breath.
When did you start noticing the symptoms? Last night
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? I put him I'm QT with new treated water.
Does your fish have any history of being ill? He had fin rot a while ago and I don't think he ever fully recovered.
How old is your fish (approximately)? I got him in August.
Please help fix my baby boy!!