How many gallons is your tank? 5 gallon tank
Does it have a filter? yes a foam one
Does it have a heater? yes he does have it at 76-78degrees
What temperature is your tank? 76-78 degrees
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? i have an anubis live plant
inside, had a fern but took it out because he was freaking out because of it (when it got close, its pretty big)
Does your Betta have tank mates? What kind? no tank mates he's all alone
What food brand do you use? Hiker betta bio-gold pellets
Do you feed flakes or pellets? pellets
Freeze-dried? have not fed these before but have some
How often do you feed your Betta? How much? when i first got him i would feed him 7-8 tetra pellets once a day in the morning. When i got the hikari i would do 4 in the morning. Then my mother decided to throw in several pellets inside one day and had to remove them myself. ( i believe this was the cause of the illness or worsened it..)
Before your Betta became ill how often did you perform a water change? i had a hard time with this because the filter i bought had a strong current and i turned it off sometimes ( he would hide in the cave) then i got the foam one but by then it was to late (this one works well) i had no idea about how often i should do water changes because the pet store told me to change it every two weeks. since he's been in big tank I've changed the water 100% 2 times. and like 3 25% water change in a course of almost two weeks. the water got muggy often like by the next day (this is before the new filter and with the old one off)
What percentage of water did you change? twice 100% and 3 time 25% and I've also done a 50% water changes like twice..
Do you vacuum the substrate or just dip out water? when i do 100% change I've drained the water and then removed the pebbles and wash them separately with water.
What additives do you use? API stress coat before that i used instant DeCHLor little blue bottle. i recently bought API sea salt, have only used this in the last two days..(i just found out about that) I've bought tetra fungus guard and life guard, did a treatment on tuesday changed 50% water today and put half a pill of lifeguard today with 50% of the tank filled.
What are your water parameters? Please give exact numbers. If tested by pet store please get exact numbers. "Fine" or "Safe" won't help us help you.
Ammonia:i do not have a kit (pet smart said it is not needed to just do frequent water changes.)
Nitrite: i don't have a way to test this :/
Nitrate: same as above
pH:7.6 i do have a kit and the water turns blue when i test on test tube
Hardness (GH):i don't know what this is
Alkalinity (KH): i don't know how to test this.
Symptoms and Treatment:
When did you first notice the symptoms? he started with fin rot, i noticed the darkness about a week ago but i didn't know what it was nor did i think too much about..ive had this tank for two weeks now so i would say the symptoms were really noticeable in the last week. I just started researching Saturday but it was already to late. Fin rot was advanced, he was already twitching but it was minor( it seemed like he was trying catch something in the surface of the water. i am completely clueless about these things. they got worse when i did water change and started medication for fungus guard. (stress coat was used this whole time)
How has your Betta’s appearance changed? since he's been in the tank, he's lost color and started to look real beat up with tares in fins ( i thought it was his cave so i got him a new one) then sat i saw big chunks missing and started to research..(had to leave for two days for an emergency and couldn't do anything until monday
How has your Betta’s behavior changed? a week after being the new tank he started to dart at the surface like he was catching something, he started eating less and sinking to the bottom, his swimming changed, he started to hang vertically in the surface from time to time but still swam around
Is your Betta still eating?not eating but fasting him since tuesday he ate two pellets on monday
Have you started treating your Betta? If so, how? i started treating fin rot with tetra fungus guard didn't work so i went to look for life guard today is day one of treatment but thats when i learned of Ammonia poisoning, so i did a water change but again i used stress coat with the tap water
Does your Betta have any history of being ill? he was given to me almost two months ago now. He was in a long vase and seemed healthy to my little knowledge ate fine and swam around fine. he became ill when i switched him to the 5 gal tank
How long have you owned your Betta? Was he or she a rescue? i have had him for two months now. he was given to me by one of my homeless clients who got it as a prize in an arts program.