So, I come from a party tonight and i see my Betta (Midnight Blue)sitting or like going upside down with his nose between the rocks or gravel I have. I don't know the ammonia or nitrite or Ph because i ran out of them today and was going to buy some more but the pet stores were closed... I just want to know what I did wrong!?
P.S. I fed my fish 3 pellets in the morning. Betta Pellets from Petco to be precise.
I am so sorry for your loss.
Without knowing some specifics it is hard to guess what happened.
Size of the tank?
Was the tank cycled?
What was the water change schedule? % and frequency.
did your betta show any other signs of being ill? floating at the surface? Hanging at the bottom? strange spots?
Likely as not it was a water quality issue but here is no way of knowing without knowing what the parameters were.
Well, my Betta was turning dull for no reason because The water was OK. I change water every 4 days. The tank was cycled and my tank is 5 gallons.
What were you testing with? Strips or vials and drops? Strips are pretty inaccurate and allow for a safe amount of ammonia. There actually is no safe amount of ammonia than 0ppm...any more and it takes its toll on a fish.
Fading coloration is usually an indication of water quality issue or severe stress. did your betta show any other signs of illness? Did you changing the filter, was there a heater in the tank, were you cleaning the gravel sand very thoroughly? How much water did you change every four days?
OK, so many questions... so I change 30% of the water and my filter started leaking and I took it out as quick as I could after a minute after it started to do so. I had a 100 watt heater, but I needed it for another aquarium and the filter and heater thing happened a month ago. I don't think my Betta showed any signs of illness and i don't give him any stress, after all, I only sleep in my room because i visit a lot of stores and all for fish care since i started having my 30 gallon tank.
Much of your beneficial bacteria that counteracts the ammonia lives in your filter media. If you removed the filter and did not have one or added a new one ammonia would have risen as there was not enough bacteria to lower it to zero.
Without a heater the water would have been too cold for your tropical betta. Cold water leads to lowered immunity and, yes, stress as does changing more than 25% off water.
These all could have contributed to his death.
I know there were a lot of questions but we are not mind readers nor are we there to see what happened. The more information we know about a situation the more precisely can we tailor our responses an the less back and forth we have to go in order to come p a satisfactory conclusion.
No different from goin to the doctor and telling him "I'm sick". and wondering why he cannot diagnose your illness. He/she would have to ask you many questions before determining the problem and the appropriate treatment options.
Um, my house is 85 degrees and i have a thermometer in his tank and it said 78 degrees F.
This is a good temperature for him now. BUT is it at that temperature all the time? Rapidly changing temperatures can also be fatal to fish. What is best is a stable temperature--a heater will do this...since the heater has a thermostat the temperature does not go up and down with cooling night temperatures.
I have not way of knowing that your house is at 86F--that is a very unusually warm temperature to set a house heater to--if I did not have a heater in my tank, my tank water would be in the low 70s in the winter/spring time (water temperature tends to be several degrees lower than room temp) and at night, when we turn the heat down, it would be in the 60s!!)
Anyway it hardly matters. I cannot know what the situation in your house is and if you heat your house that high all year round. The point is that temperatures can effect a fish's stress level. If you are certain the temperature is okay then that is not a factor--at least not now. Most house's temperatures do vary day and night, and summer and winter. I was just listing possible factors beyond noise that can stress a fish and lead to problems.
Certainly wiping out your bacteria with filter changes is a large factor, and if toxins were not monitored at that time that could have done him in. There is no indication in this thread that you know that both ammonia and nitrite were under control.
I know that when I wiped out my bacteria because I was treating with antibiotics a couple of months ago, there was ammonia in the tank within two days, and that would have gotten quite high had I not been doing daily small water changes and monitoring it.
Color change and bottom sitting are all classic signs of ammonia poisoning.
If you feel the need to reject this, and are adamant that none of this applies to your special case then I guess we are all as stumped as you.
Perhaps you can find someone else who has a different idea.
The temp is always that temp.
how long did you have that betta?
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Feed it to much
Dude your fish was a girl and probably you didn't feed her right or treated her right my betta fish food is aqueon and is very nutritious plus have you recently dropped her on the floor or toilet or drain because she probably was hurt plus your betta was probably
cute how long did you have her
Sounds like ick. It's a sickness that is very common in bettas. I have had some die of it.when you saw it, your beta was itching. Very sorry to hear that he passed. Mine just died too...of old age
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