Little Zamboni, my Red and White Dragon RT, isn't looking too good. I took him out of his bowl today, and it was a stressful retrieval of him for the both of us, but now so I'm thinking more him.
What size is your tank? 1 gal
What temperature is your tank? 80 degrees F
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? Flakes and pellets, bw for treats
How often do you feed your betta fish? once every 1-2 days
How often do you perform a water change? once a week
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 100%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? API stress coat, water conditioner, then ES and AQ salts when needed
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters? N/A
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? None
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? I went to scoop him out with the cup he came in today to clean his bowl, and he started to be difficult and it was not easy to get him in. Since I've had a busy schedule, I unfortunately resorted to the net, which I hate to do cause that seems to stress them out more. Well, that was not any better to get him in the net and into the cup. When I finally did, he sank to the bottom and lay on his side. He breaths and reacts fine. Sometimes he'll start swimming, but seems like he's having serious trouble, like his tail is an anvil or otherwise extremely heavy. When he stops, he sinks down again and falls to a side. No particular side is preferred, but he doesn't lay normal.
When did you start noticing the symptoms? A half hour ago
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? He is in a .5 gal QT tank with low water to help him swim to the top for air. I put in water conditioner, 1/2 tsp of AQ salts and stress coat.
Does your fish have any history of being ill? None! My other boy, Puck, is always the one sick (he has never ending Fin Rot, or something, that I've at least been able to keep at bay)
How old is your fish (approximately)?I bought him 4 months ago
Note: I left his pink plant in there because he likes it in his usual bowl, and I have seen him laying on it, and its closer to the water surface.
I hope he is just super stressed, by my fault, and that he'll relax and regain enough energy again. If you guys think its something else or there is something else I should do or add please let me know!
I am kicking myself that I used the net just because I was in a hurry, and now look where its got me. I will not use that again for these guys.
Thank you! Picture attached, showing him on his side in the corner of his bowl.