Help With My Sick Betta Help

Discussion in 'Betta Fish' started by StrippedDinosaur, Apr 21, 2019.

  1. StrippedDinosaurValued MemberMember


    What is the water volume of the tank?
    20g Long
    How long has the tank been running?
    2 years (4 really, used the same media as 10g)
    Does it have a filter?
    Yes. An Aquatech 5-15 and a Penguin 150
    Does it have a heater?
    What is the water temperature?
    What is the entire stocking of this tank?
    Female betta, 6 rasboras, 2 mystery snails

    How often do you change the water?
    Once a week
    How much of the water do you change?
    What do you use to treat your water?
    Prime and Stress coast
    Do you vacuum the substrate?

    *Parameters - Very Important
    Did you cycle your tank before adding fish?
    What do you use to test the water?
    API liquid test kit
    What are your parameters? We need to know the exact numbers, not just “fine” or “safe”.

    Ammonia: 0
    Nitrite: 0
    Nitrate: 10-20ppm (hard to tell)
    pH: 8.0

    How often do you feed your fish?
    Every other day
    How much do you feed your fish?
    2-3 pellets
    What brand of food do you feed your fish?
    Omega betta buffet
    Do you feed frozen or freeze-dried foods?

    Illness & Symptoms
    How long have you had this fish?
    4 years in December
    How long ago did you first notice these symptoms?
    1-2 days ago
    In a few words, can you explain the symptoms?
    Betta lying in the substrate, losing color. Won’t eat and is hiding
    Have you started any treatment for the illness?
    Was your fish physically ill or injured upon purchase?
    How has its behavior and appearance changed, if at all?
    Lost color, Stress stripes, scales look strange, white patches on head
    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)

    Fish started to lie down on the sand, started losing color quickly. Got small white patches on forehead.
    Now betta is hiding in the decoration and struggles to swim. She has never hidden in anything before. Her tail also seems a little worn/ripped.

    I don’t know if she could possibly had gotten ich (don’t know from where, the last addition was more than 6-7 month ago).

    She is 4 years old, so could this just be age? It’s just that I’ve seen such a rapid decline in the last 3 days

    I would appreciate all you can tell me! IMG_1652.JPGIMG_1649.JPGIMG_1648.JPGIMG_1644.JPG
  2. The_fishyValued MemberMember

    Have you added anything or changed anything with the tank recently?

    It doesn’t look like ich (which would look like salt stuck to her). She is older, so it could be age related. I think you could try a water change, just be gentle with adding water back.
  3. StrippedDinosaurValued MemberMember

    Nothing has changed as of now. I just did a WC and she’s struggling to get to the bottom
  4. The_fishyValued MemberMember

    Is she bobbing up like a cork? If she is having buoyancy issues, it can be swim bladder related.

    For swim bladder problems, you can do an epsom salt bath. Make sure the salt is unscented and add a tablespoon of salt for every gallon of water in a pot, separate tank, or food safe container. Leave her in for 15 or so minutes and then put her back in her tank or put her back if she is distressed or passes out.
    Last edited: Apr 21, 2019
  5. StrippedDinosaurValued MemberMember

    Thanks I’ll try this!
    She’s not really bobbing up and down, it looks like she’s trembling (?) side to side,and then she’ll get a breath and go back down and stay there. She looks really ragged and frankly, a little nasty

    I just can’t believe how fast she went downhill
  6. The_fishyValued MemberMember

    I don’t know if the epsom salt will help her in that case. I’d hold off on using it.

    Do you use tap water? Maybe the area you live in changed how it is treated or is doing a chlorine flush?
  7. StrippedDinosaurValued MemberMember

    Hmm I never thought about that... I’ll look to see if my city has made any announcements. Although the other fish are acting normal, so I think everything is the same with the water