Help For My betta, Recovering After Tankmates Died


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What is the water volume of the tank? 20 gal
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 male betta, 6 cherry shrimp & 2 tiny snails

How often do you change the water? Weekly
How much of the water do you change? 25 %
What do you use to treat your water? Top fin water conditioner
Do you vacuum the substrate or just the water? Not always, use a turkey baster to remove extra food

*Parameters - Very Important
Did you cycle your tank before adding fish? No
What do you use to test the water? api test strips and api master tester
What are your parameters? We need to know the exact numbers, not just “fine” or “safe”.

Nitrite: 0
Nitrate: 0
pH: 8.5

How often do you feed your fish? 2x daily
How much do you feed your fish? 4 pellets or 8 freeze dried bloodwork. Once gave live brine shrimp
What brand of food do you feed your fish?
Do you feed frozen or freeze-dried foods? Pellets and freeze dried

Illness & Symptoms
How long have you had this fish? 2 months
How long ago did you first notice these symptoms? 3 weeks ago
In a few words, can you explain the symptoms? Lethargic and not eating
Have you started any treatment for the illness? We did 3 weeks ago
Was your fish physically ill or injured upon purchase? No
How has its behavior and appearance changed, if at all? Lethargic and hiding, now stopped eating.

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)

We started the tank 2 months ago, was planning on cycling the tank before getting fish, but ended up rushed because I found my beautiful blue boy. He has short fins, spade tail. Started the tank with adding the bottled bacteria and him. Week later we added 3 neon tetras and 3 rummy nose tetras with no issue, he didn't bother them other than staking his area. 10 days later we got 3 more rummy nose test as and 3 cherry shrimp. Again no issues. My water values were perfect every time with nitrates and nitrites just hard water 8.5. Another week goes by and we got the last additions, 3 neon tetras and 3 cherry shrimp as well as 500 'll of live brine shrimp. Added them and 2 of the neon didn't really color back up. Thought that was strange, but figured by the next day they would be ok. We had never fed live brine shrimp so had no idea how to go about and assumed you just dump them in. I have not really found any info if doing that is bad/detrimental to the fish. Wake up the next day and 1 of the neon was dead. Hours later the second one. That night another one and my betta has a white spot on his side. We aren't sure if it's ick or not. We do a partial water change, 20 percent and add ick treatment as well as General Cure, both Api brand I believe. We followed directions and did 2 treatments, but fish are still dying and now the bettas spot on his side is bigger and he has one on his back. After the second treatment his back is healed and the side is getting smaller. By day 6 after the beginning of treatment he is healed, but he is still hiding in the back of the tank in one of the plants. We have 6 live plants and a moss ball. We are down to just the betta, shrimp and snails. It's now been about 3 weeks and he has only eaten a few times, have tried 2 different pellets, flakes and freeze dried bloodworms, but he isn't interested. He doesn't do anything but hang out in the plant. We believe there must have been a bacterial infection with those tetras we brought in or could it have been the brine shrimp? He loved those and ate quite a few. Before all of this he was always at the front of the tank, in the decorations and active. He will jet out of the plant when your cleaning and doesn't appear like it's hard or laborsome for him. He just really seems depressed. Could losing his tankmates have affected him? Could there still be something else going on? He isn't clamping his fins and his coloring seems brighter than ever. I miss my guy and would love help or suggestions. Thank you
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1. Freeze dried isn’t good, usually packed with unnecessary fillers that are harder to digest. The list goes: Live, Freshly Frozen, Pellets. And if possible never flakes or freeze dried.

2. Can you post photos? Always easier with photos
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