I haven't posted here on the forums in a long time, but I first joined here when I purchased my first betta, Billy. I came here with some questions that I had for him as this was my first ever time caring for any fish and my first venture into the hobby of betta keeping. I have to say, while there were moments where I was very frustrated with caring for him, I discovered a passion that I didn't know I had. I had become obsessed with Billy and had always been upgrading his tank and adding new decorations for reasons I can't explain. I hope you all can relate to that feeling.
He eventually got upgraded to a 20 gallon tank all for himself and he loved all the room he could frolic in.
Unfortunately, yesterday my betta Billy passed away. The night previously, I saw him swimming around slowly and aimlessly, often leaning to one side. His color had started to go and I automatically assumed the worst. As the night progressed on, he eventually picked one spot at the bottom of his tank and stayed there as he slowly passed throughout the night. He slowly gulped every few seconds, then when the morning came he was motionless.
It has been a very hard past couple days for me, as most of you can understand. These bettas are more than fish, they are true pets that lift our spirits and make us feel better after every day - and much more.
I am making this post as a tribute to him, but also to ask a question that maybe some of you can answer. I obtained him a year and a half ago, which leads me to believe that he is young for passing from old age. Is this true? I estimate his age to be about two years, possibly two and a half (assuming he was 6 mos. to a year old when I got him.) Also, I had done a water change 1-2 days prior to noticing him become ill. I had done the water change like I always had done in the past. I wonder if it was possible something got in the water and got him sick. I hope this was not the case.
As of a few months ago, I also got a big green algae issue. I tried treating it to no avail, so my plan of action was to do more frequent water changes, say every 6 days. Could this have been a potential cause of death?
Regardless, I am feeling a lot of grief as I loved Billy very much. I will continue to grieve for I don't know how long - right now I feel like I never want to get any other fish again. Rest In Peace Billy, I hope you are watching over me and are my personal guardian angel now.