What size is your tank? 1.5 gal
What temperature is your tank? 78
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? Wardley Betta food pellets.
How often do you feed your betta fish? Every evening although he has stopped eating.
How often do you perform a water change? Every few weeks.
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? All.
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Top Fin Water Conditioner
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters? No.
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? He seems less vibrant than he used to be and his fins seem like they are clamped. His body seems to have a curve to it.
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? He hides out at the bottom of the tank, darts up really fast to gulp air. I have found him a few times positioned vertically with either his head down or his head straight up.
When did you start noticing the symptoms? About a week ago.
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? No.
Does your fish have any history of being ill? No.
How old is your fish (approximately)?I have had him for two years, but I don't know how old he was when I got him.
About a week ago Fred stopped eating. I feed him every evening so I thought maybe he was eating too much (I keep hearing to feed Bettas daily, to feed them every other day, I couldn't find a definitive answer) and it would be best to let him eat when he was ready.
He's usually at the bottom of his tank, hanging out in a corner. He used to respond to people being nearby and would flit around and go to the top of the tank for food. For about a week now he just sits in his corner. Occasionally he darts up to the top and gulps hair. His body seems slightly curved and he looks thin. I've seen him positioned vertically in his tank and sometimes he lies on his side.
He also almost looks like he has a really really fine dusting on him. I read Ich looks like salt particles and velvet has a rust/gold colour and what he has doesn't look like either. I tried to get some photos but he's at the back of his tank and I didn't want to move it around too much. The photos are blurry and it looks like he has a white spot on his eye, but it's just the way the camera picked it up. His eyes are clear of any spots or irritation.
I'm really not sure what to do for him. The pet stores around here are zero help. I love this little guy and want to help him in any way I can. Please advise me!
You can see how he is just laying at the bottom of the tank. You can also see how he bends slightly to the right: