I'm new to this site, looking for some help, here are the facts:
1 male crown tail beta, purchased at PetSmart 2 weeks ago, kept in a 2.5 gallon tank by himslef, water fluxuates between 73-80 night/day
Have tried 2 types of filters, one airator/filter - covered the surface with bubbles and didn't seem to work, so we exchanged it for a filter made for up to 12 gallon tank - current didn't seem to rough but I'm not sure. I changed about 75% of the water this weekend.
Water is treated with a Top Fin basic conditioner. Water was very cloudy 3 days ago, so I used a product that is supposed to reduce cloudyness, it was a red liquid, can't remember the name off hand.
ISSUE: He hasn't seemed to want to eat, and tonight I found him floating at the surface. I thought he was dead, then he fluttered. It looks as though he's paralized, he can use the clear fins by his gills, but isn't opening his other fins at all and they look very tattered on the edges. Looks like he's breathing hard.
Is there anything I can do to help this little fella? I put him in some new water, thinking there was something in his tank making him sick. I took out the filter too, thinking it might be the current.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated!