What size is your tank? 1 gallon
What temperature is your tank? 78-83
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? NLS Betta Formula and bloodworms.
How often do you feed your betta fish? 2x daily, 3 pellets per meal. On wednesday and sunday skip pellets and feed 4 freeze dried bloodworms split up between two meals instead
How often do you perform a water change? 2x 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? Aqueon ammonia neutralizer( which also neutralizes chlorine and chloramine) and Ph down. Currently reducing amount of PH down because recommended to do so. Should be done using it on monday.
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
pH: Somwhere above 7.6
Hardness: 20-30 grains of hardness
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? Body is slightly paler than used to be.
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? Hardly swims, lays on thermometer suction cup and gravel almost all the time. Last several days has started free falling down after getting air. This happens once in a while. Other times after getting air swims down. Seems to have trouble getting air sometimes. Movements are somewhat jerky.
When did you start noticing the symptoms? About one and a half months ago. Has gotten worse last several days.
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? No
Does your fish have any history of being ill? Probably
How old is your fish (approximately)? See below
Some friends won him at a fair in August 2010. They kept him in a 1 liter container, changed his water once a month, and didn't use dechlorinator. They used well water. We got him from them in June. He looked horrid but got better quickly. He could have been old when he was at the fair, I don't know. He seems weak and I think medications would stress him out. Is he just old, is he getting sick, or is the abuse finally catching up to him? I have AQ salt, Epsom salts, and Maracyn 1 & 2. We don't really want to take extraordinary measures if this is the natural end of his life, he has been thoroughly spoiled since his arrival here, and is a beloved fishy member of our family. If there is something we could do to help him, we'd like to, but we don't want to prolong his suffering unnecessarily. We also have clove oil and vodka if he gets really bad and needs to be euthanized. Thank you in advance.