Hello, please call me Emily. I have a urgent question about my Betta Fish, Damon. I must first admit I was an idiot because I believed that the filter cleaned the tank for me, my poor baby was in a nasty tank for 8 months. I feel so bad but that if not the point now!
Yesterday I went to change Damon's filter. He was fine, like always he was hyper, playful, happy, and brave as ever! Well I changed the filter and not but two seconds later he was belly up. I was in a panic, his eye still looked at me, moved, his gills was moving. I watched in shock for one more moment as he turned over on his side, still gills moved, he was attempting to move back to normal.
He couldn't do it, so in a panic I ran downstairs and grabbed the emergency fish bowl, filled it with filtered water, and then ran back upstairs and netted him out and put him into the other bowl. He looked so upset and sickly, I was so afraid, he wasn't looking to good and jumped only once, in an attempt of escape, when he usually jumps and swims happily through the water.
I automatically knew that I had been a horrible mommy towards him. That tank was filthy, something I had been dismissing for months. He looked unhappy and sick, even in the new bowl. So I put him in a different tank, that hadn't been used in about a year, and won't be used for awhile. I put him in that tank but he was a small fish in a HUGE bowl.
I quickly went and got his normal tank and washed it out, correctly, rinsed the rocks and plants, and put in filtered water into the tank. I cleaned the filter and replaced the filter; again. I then put Damon back into his normal tank where he looked happy for a second, and then turned on his side again.
I had put two of his plants back in and his rocks. Damon then got caught in the current of the filter! I left him alone for a moment until I noticed that he was not strong enough to escape the current. I quickly grabbed my net, which he hates, and gathered him up in it; I then moved him over to the flowers. Damon then hid in the flowers, laying on his side in the flowers; where he currently is.
Last night he did turn belly up again but his eye was darting back and forth and his gills were moving, so in a panic I tried to touch him. Usually he would lay still, I was calm about it, and usually he would let me pet him. No, not this time, he quickly darted away from my touch, turning back the right way, hiding in the leaves. He then turned on his side and laid on one of the leaves. There he is right now.
Damon is not excited or hyper like usually; but tired and afraid of everything. One of his eyes are larger then usually, bulging, really. He is laying on his side, on the leaves of a artificial plant in his tank. He is not eating because he cannot in his position. He is skittish of everything; even me just looking at him. Damon can also barely swim, he cannot manage it with such little energy, and cannot even face the currant of a low powered filter.
I looked his symptoms up and I decided he may have a bacterial infection. If he does I am willing to buy BettaFix from the PetSmart near me. I am not sure, I am scared that the medicine may not work and I will be stuck with a even sicker fish. Does he have a bacterial infection? Will BettaFix work?
One more thing. Today Damon's vibrant blue, red, and purple colors started to become pale and fade. Now he has a grey spot on his body.
Here is some answers about his life in his home.
What size is your tank?
What temperature is your tank?
Does your tank have a filter?
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration?
Is your tank heated?
What tank mates does your betta fish
What type of food do you feed your betta fish?
Hand Crushed Freeze Dried Worms. ((Damon is a draft. His mouth is too small to eat anything else then hand crushed freeze dried worms.))
How often do you feed your betta fish?
How often do you perform a water change?
For him I never have until yesterday. Eight months because I didn't know I had to change it with a filter, I was an idiot, really. I am now preforming a change everyday because he is sick. When he gets better, I hope he does, I will be preforming one every week and a half.
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change?
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change?
None. We have a filter on our tap water sink and it filters the water out to the same that the store sells for betta fish; specially. My two bettas live in this just fine.
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
No, I have never tested it but I could if I needed to.
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed?
Vibrant colors have started to fade and become pale. One grey spot is present on his body.
How has your betta fish's behavior changed?
Damon used to be hyper, excited, and happy. He was even friendly enough to be petted with your finger in the water; though he is a small fish. Now he is scared of everything, skittish, unhappy, depressed, and sick looking. He is also somewhat aggressive and seems to have no energy.
When did you start noticing the symptoms?
Yesterday at around 1 p.m.
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how?
Does your fish have any history of being ill?
How old is your fish (approximately)?
Probably around eight or nine months. No more then that.
Please do not leave me hanging on this subject, if anything, don't just say I am out of luck and he will die. I love Damon, he is very sweet, and even shows off in poses when you point a camera at him; usually. He is my baby boy and I would not like to lose him.
I will return this favor in anyway possible, maybe by answering one of your questions?
I can include a before and after picture of him. I do have them. The before one is not very good but the after shows well. I have one of yesterday and today. I have a few questions for you if you do not mind answering them.
Will BettaFix help him? ((Go to PetSmart and type in BettaFix to find the product.))
Does he was a bacterial infection? Bacterial disease? Are they the same thing?
Is this a bad situation or is this minor?
How much money will I be spending? ((It doesn't matter how much money I have to spend, I will do anything to save Damon.))
Thank you so much for helping me!
Please answer, quickly. Also, thank you for even reading this. *hugs Damon* He is happy that you came here to. I know I sound like an idiot because of the tank situation but I am well aware now and that is not the issue right now.
Thank you once again!