Betta Fish Forum banner

First time betta owner; really need some advice on helping the poor guy :/

597 Views 6 Replies 3 Participants Last post by  ANHEL123
I am feeling awful; I think our betta is pretty sick due to my failure to do enough water changes. This is my first fish, and was unaware that 1/2 gallon tank (sold as betta tank) was way too small for him, and also I feel awful because I was only changing his water every two weeks for several months. His water started to get a slight orangish tint to it, which is when I got online and realized my mistakes. I moved him to a 2.5 gallon tank a month ago and have been doing water changes weekly. Unfortunately, his health has taken a turn for the worse about two weeks ago, and I feel horrible for making the poor thing suffer; I hope it's not too late.

Here are his symptoms:
-hasn't eaten in over a week
-flaring gills and gasping for air at the top of the water, looks like he can't breathe.
-stayed at the waters surface with top of head and mouth out of water for a week, have found him laying in side on the bottom and gasping.
-kind-of curved look to his spine
-shrinking fins, also has little white balls forming on the tips of his fins.
-although he was already whitish-pink, he looks even duller, has some small black spots on head, and his scales just don't look vibrant or healthy.

Here's what I've done as far as treatment so far:
-1 week ago: began doing water changes every other day, put him in a warmer room of the house. He didn't seem any better.
-3 days ago: began doing daily water changes, and adding aquarium salt (dissolved, about 1tsp in his 2.5 gal tank at a time. I haven't put more than 2tsp in at once/without doing 100% water change. Bought a filter, but stopped using it after 6-7 hours because I was worried it would further damage his fins. The next day, we found him laying on his side on the bottom of the tank, and flaring gills wide as if he couldn't breathe. Got thermometer, and keeping him in front of the heat register( temp ihas pretty consistently been about 74degrees since).
-2 days ago: did another 100% water change, and took out all of his rocks, plant, and hide, and boiled them for awhile. Scrubbed tank out with just a paper towel, then rinsed the tank with boiling water several times. Yesterday he seemed a little more active, and havent seen him at the bottom since this water change. Maybe not quite as dramatically gasping for air, but still sitting at surface, and still lethargic.

I would appreciate if anyone could help me figure out WHAT he's sick with, and what I can do to help him. I hate seeing him suffer, especially knowing it is very likely because of me. Thanks so much.



See less See more
1 - 7 of 7 Posts
More photos:

I couldn't figure out how do add more than 1 per post


See less See more
One more..

I've have been covering half his tank and have a lamp shining on the towel so he has a little light but not much.


See less See more
Colli i am very sorry you have a sick betta. How is he doing ? Since your post was a few days ago would you please give us more update so we can figure out what is the next step.
I hope he still alive:(
And btw don't blame yourself , you doing everything to help your little guy now, and you doing good job.He surrounded with your love and care which is appreciated. Also the condition he is now or he was you really don't need the filter.
I am having trouble diagnosing his problem from the pictures alone. do you mind filling this out? it has the questions we need to have answered to recommend a treatment.
Taeanna thank you for all your help! And i like to post those questions for them in here, just in case if new member don't know how to do it:)
What size is your tank?
What temperature is your tank?
Does your tank have a filter?
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration?
Is your tank heated?
What tank mates does your betta fish live with?

What type of food do you feed your betta fish?
How often do you feed your betta fish?

How often do you perform a water change?
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?

Water Parameters:
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?


Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed?
How has your betta fish's behavior changed?
When did you start noticing the symptoms?
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how?
Does your fish have any history of being ill?
When did you buy your fish (approximately)?
See less See more
1 - 7 of 7 Posts
This is an older thread, you may not receive a response, and could be reviving an old thread. Please consider creating a new thread.