What is the water volume of the tank?
How long has the tank been running?
Roughly 4 months.
Does it have a filter?
Yes -- A sponge filter and the one it came with.
Does it have a heater?
What is the water temperature?
Roughly 78 degrees Farenheit.
What is the entire stocking of this tank? (Please list all fish and inverts.)
1 Betta Fish, a few pest snails -- roughly 5?
How often do you change the water?
How much of the water do you change?
What do you use to treat your water?
Nutrafin Aqua Plus
Do you vacuum the substrate or just the water?
I try to vacuum the substrate.
*Parameters - Very Important
Did you cycle your tank before adding fish?
What do you use to test the water?
API Freshwater Master Test Kit
What are your parameters? We need to know the exact numbers, not just “fine” or “safe”.
How often do you feed your fish?
Once a day
How much do you feed your fish?
He typically gets either 2-3 betta pellets, a betta bite flake, a small pinch of a crushed up freeze dried brine shrimp cube, or 1-2 freeze dried bloodworms depending on the day.
What brand of food do you feed your fish?
Hikari Pellets, Omega One Bloodworms + Brine Shrimp, Fluval Bug Bites
Do you feed frozen or freeze-dried foods?
Illness & Symptoms
How long have you had this fish?
Roughly 3 months
How long ago did you first notice these symptoms?
Around five days ago.
In a few words, can you explain the symptoms?
He's went from an active betta to lethargic. He's often resting on the bottom of his tank, and will only swim for food. He can swim, and does so in bursts of energy -- before falling back down to the bottom and sometimes even falling onto his side.
Have you started any treatment for the illness?
No, I'm too scared to potentially guess wrong and make it worse. I've never treated a sick betta before.
Was your fish physically ill or injured upon purchase?
Potentially, yes. He was very small, weak and pale upon purchase.
How has its behavior and appearance changed, if at all?
He used to be quite lively and energetic; now he spends most of his days at the bottom of the tank, resting. He only swims for food, and does so in his old lively manner, but loses stamina easily and falls back down to the ground.
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)
At first, I thought it was due to my poor eyesight -- I wouldn't see him swimming and go looking for him, only for him to pop up from behind a plant or the ground. It'd eventually progress into him staying on the ground for longer and longer periods of time -- now he sometimes doesn't even go up for food unless I show him where it is.