At first I was thinking fin rot, but then I saw the bruised looking spot near his gills. I would say velvet or ich. They are notorious for getting it because of the dirty conditions they arr forced to be iat fish store.Wrenne said:
I'm newer to fish. I had him in an unfiltered 1.5 because I made the mistake of buying him on a whim with only an old tank. I started off doing water changes every 2 days. When he started to look worse every day 25%. Treated water. I then bought a 5 gallon for him. He had swim bladder the after the first time I feed him 1 pellet. I noticed his fins were starting to curl after i got him home. They ended up looking like little ropes at the end. He was rubbing his face against everything. The girl at pet smart said to try pimafix. And then he died.DuaneV said:I dont see velvet or ich. Velvet looks like gold dust, ich looks like salt. I see neither. Neither velvet nor ich are caused by "dirty" tank conditions either. Velvet is a highly contagious parasite and ich is cause by severe stress.
If your fish is new and youre new to fish keeping, Id wager on ammonia or nitrite poisoning, but there is no way to know unless you can test your waters parameters. New tanks need to "cycle", which means build up enough beneficial bacteria to convert all ammonia present to nitrites, then all nitrites to nitrates. Then you need to do regular water changes to keep nitrate levels low. Lots of beginners make the mistake of tossing a fish (especially bettas) in a bowl or small tank without filters or uncycled filters and not doing regular water changes, which leads to premature deaths.
If your fish, filter or tank new? Do you know the parameters/are you able to check them?
I understand that but not cycling, while being a mistake, is not a death sentence for fish. My mom did that and he fish is fine.finnipper59 said:It doesn't sound like you cycled your tank and you didn't have a filter on the tank. You should go on google and type in cycling a new fresh water aquarium.
It also depends on the fish and if there is at least an airstone moving the water. Oxygen only absorbs at the water's surface and needs agitation to circulate through the tank. 1.5 gallons of still water won't hold oxygen very long causing stress and the fish instinctively swims to the surface for oxygen. Also...what temperature is the tank.Wrenne said:I understand that but not cycling, while being a mistake, is not a death sentence for fish. My mom did that and he fish is fine.
The bettas don’t like filters because they don’t like currents so unless you get a low powered filter I would just turn it on for an hour a day. Also bettas are surprisingly hardy fish when it comes to temperature. They can and will happily live in a 65 degrees Fahrenheit tank.DuaneV said:Bettas dont like filters? First time Ive EVER heard that. ALL fish like filters. Its gives them healthy, clean, water. Its where your beneficial bacteria lives and provides a means to keep the water clear of ammonia. Bettas are also tropical and will not do well in colder temps. A heater is HIGHLY recommended unless you live somewhere that the ambient temps are constantly 80-85.
First I meant to say 75 and if you have a 10 gallon tank lets say with one Betta and a filter for an hour you only need to do %20 water change weekly that’s what I do and my water levels are always perfectDuaneV said:Ive had bettas for over 20 years and Ive never heard any of this before. SOME dont like heavy flow, but thats usually ones with the larger fins (veil, delta, double, half moon, rose, etc.) as they have trouble swimming, but Ive had crowns, spades and plakats in large community tanks who played in the filter current all day long. Thats TOTALLY different than saying they dont like filters. There are easy ways to lower the flow, but only running a filter for an hour a day is crazy unless you have either a SUPER heavily planted tank (which plants are natural filtration) or youre vacuuming the tank and doing water changes daily.
And again, bettas are a tropical fish. Keeping them in a tank without a heater is just asking for all sorts of trouble. 65 is way too cold for a betta.
Define perfect parameters.FishLover00 said:First I meant to say 75 and if you have a 10 gallon tank lets say with one Betta and a filter for an hour you only need to do %20 water change weekly that’s what I do and my water levels are always perfect