I'm desperate, I've lost a fish recently
(from a different tank) and now my other betta is acting up. Please help me save MARTY! When I first got him he was in a 1 gallon jar with no filter, heater, etc! NOTHING, and he loved it! I decided to go big time and get him a palace (10 gal.) with a heater, filter, fake plants, cave and rocks, and he hasn't quite been the same. Its been 3 months since I switched him and his personality has changed. He doesn't eat regularly (only 1 bite every other day) and he used to be a little pig. He also used to swim a lot, now not so much. However THIS IS NOT THE PROBLEM! I've gotten used to his new behavior over the last few months, figuring that he was healthy since he's showed no other symptoms and besides personality he's been fine, but NOW he his breathing heavily (gills and lips rapidly moving) and at times laying slightly sideways on the bottom. Other times, he's completely vertical, sometimes head in the air, sometimes head on the bottom. He's also gone completely vertical at the top of the tank with his lips touching the very top of the water. He will move when provoked, but that's it. OTHER NOTES: Leading up to his his strange behavior has included him getting excited when I put food in the aquarium, but NOT EATING IT! He feels the vibration and starts flying around the tank but never eats. If he does get near the food, he takes a stab at it and totally misses, almost on purpose. He also seems to look at the reflection of the food a lot and attack the sides of the tank sometimes. Don't know if any of this will help, just trying to be detailed. To summarize, these strange new symptoms just started hours ago, so I hope I get feedback in time to save him. If I would've done that when my last fish started acting up, I might've been able to save him.
What size is your tank? 10
What temperature is your tank? 79
Does your tank have a filter? yes
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? Freeze dried bloodworms (he used to love them so much, maybe he wants different food?)
How often do you feed your betta fish? once a day (if he even eats it) I normally scoop it right out.
How often do you perform a water change? The water seems to evaporate quickly, so I've been adding about 1 liter a day to try and keep the tank full. I use tap water that has been sitting out for at least 24 hrs, and I also put "Ammonia Clear" fizz tabs in the water as well as "Start Zyme" from jungle. But neither of those addresses Nitrate, so maybe I need to look at that?
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? Jungle Start Zyme, Jungle Ammonia Clear
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
No, and I know I should. I'm going to get them now. I just hadn't before because everything was fine and they only have the large expensive box at my store.
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? Possibly getting darker around the gills (black & blue). I can't remember if it's always been there or if slowly crept up on us, but we both kind of thought it looked darker recently.
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? Lethargic. Sometimes seems as if he's "out of it" and then suddenly snaps back into reality!
When did you start noticing the symptoms? 5:30 p.m. EST 12/18
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? Nothing so far
Does your fish have any history of being ill? Only that when I switched tanks he lost some appetite and spunk
How old is your fish (approximately)? 1 yr? (bought him 6 months ago)