I just moved away from home and wanted a fish to keep me company :) The clerk at the pet store told me a Betta fish is an easy fish to have. I realize now he wasn't being that honest and Betta fish does not equal goldfish.
This is him when I first got him:
When I first got my little Betta (I admit I don't even know what kind he is :( it's my first one) he was lively and active. This was around late September. Recently, since the weather started to cool I notice he started to become less active, spending a lot more time at the bottom of the tank. I didn't really know what was going on. Now his fins are badly curled and I feel bad for not doing some research earlier :(
-He is in a 2.5 gallon tank with pebbles and bigger rocks at the bottom.
-I do a 50% water change every week. If the tank looks extra dirty though I do a full water change.
-When I change the water I use tap water, let it sit for a few days and also add "Nutrafin" while it sits.
-I feed him "Nutrafin Max" which came with the tank package
-I do not know how hard my water is (I live in Vancouver) or really anything about the water
-His tank is currently not heated but I plan on buying a heater asap. Next chance I get to bus out to the pet store. (Hopefully by tomorrow)
-He has also lost a lot of appetite, he hardly eats anymore
-no filter or anything
So I'm just wondering what I should do to make my little fishie better :(? I don't want him to die because I feel super bad for buying him without knowing how to properly take care of him! What else can I do after buying a heater??
Any help would be very welcome <333
Here is a picture of his condition now :( I want to make him bettter again.
He lays like this a lot and it scares me because I think he has died but he hasn't
Thank you in advance for any help!!
PS: I am a student so I don't have the option to spend loads of money right now, just something to keep in mind I guess