What is the water volume of the tank? 1 gallon tank - I’ve since learned this is way too small!
How long has the tank been running? - 2 months
Does it have a filter? - yes
Does it have a heater? - yes
What is the water temperature? - 78
What is the entire stocking of this tank? (Please list all fish and inverts.) - 1 make betta
How often do you change the water? 25-30% changes weekly, but have been doing 50% daily the last 2 days
How much of the water do you change? - see above
What do you use to treat your water? Betta conditioner
Do you vacuum the substrate or just the water? - yes, I use a turkey baster every 2-3 days to clean out old poop and food from the gravel
*Parameters - Very Important
Did you cycle your tank before adding fish? No
What do you use to test the water? API Test kit
What are your parameters? We need to know the exact numbers, not just “fine” or “safe”.
Ammonia: 0 - .25 ppm (just got a test kit yesterday)
Nitrite: Not tested
Nitrate: Not Tested
How often do you feed your fish? Nightly
How much do you feed your fish? 3 pellets
What brand of food do you feed your fish? Top fin betta bits
Do you feed frozen or freeze-dried foods? No
Illness & Symptoms
How long have you had this fish? - 2 months
How long ago did you first notice these symptoms? - been getting worse for the last 2-3 weeks and started laying on the bottom last week
In a few words, can you explain the symptoms? Fins rotting away, not eating, laying at bottom of tank and not active at all. He also seems to have a hard time moving the back of his body when he swims.
Have you started any treatment for the illness? Yes, methylene blue baths daily last 3 days and daily water changes
Was your fish physically ill or injured upon purchase? No
How has its behavior and appearance changed, if at all? Color faded, not active, fins much smaller
Explain your emergency situation in detail. (Please give a clear explanation of what is going on, include details from the beginning of the illness leading up to now)
My daughter has a betta that we’ve have for about 2 months. We went on vacation for 10 days and had a neighbor watching it for us. While we were gone he apparently got stuck in the filter for 2-3 days before they noticed he was in there and got him out. It’s been about 3 weeks since that happened and he’s been pretty sick and getting worse. I’ve given him a daily methylene blue bath for the last 3 days but he’s started the mostly lay on the bottom of the tank. I’ve also ordered API furan 2 and kanaplex but they won’t be here for another few days. I’m aware his tank is too small and that is probably why we have an ammonia issue. I changed 50% of the water last night and by today the water was back to .25ppm when I tested it again. I’ve also attached a few pictures. She loves the fish and I hope we can save him but I’m not sure what else I can do.