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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 04-18-2017, 07:59 AM Thread Starter
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Smile Betta Checkup!

So you know how whenever your dog or cat or bunny (etc...) is sick, you take it to the vet? Well I was thinking, you can't exactly take betta's to the vet...
Now I know about a lot of betta illnesses, but I'm not exactly very good with identifying them/curing them if possible
Anyways, my point is, I'm going to post recent pictures of my betta and I want two things from you guys;
1. Does my betta look healthy? (I'll also be filing out the form just incase anyone needs it since this is a checkup :D)
2. Could anyone list any betta illnesses, if they're common or not, what causes them, how to cure them, and possibly include pics so I can know how to identify it?
Thanks! Just trying to keep my lovely little princess as happy and healthy as possible! Plus, I'd like to have her for many years, if I can :)

(One picture of her tank is also included) (And my computer was being a bit glitchy so I may have put in multiple of the same pic on accident)

Housing:
How many gallons is your tank?
2.5 Gallons
Does it have a filter?
Yes
Does it have a heater?
Yes
What temperature is your tank?
I keep it around 78F-80F
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration?
No
Does your Betta have tank mates? What kind?
None :)

Food:
What food brand do you use?
Omega One and TopFin
Do you feed flakes or pellets?
Pellets and bloodworms (Omega one pellets, TopFin bloodworms as a once a day treat in the afternoon)
Freeze-dried?
The pellets are not. The bloodworms are.
How often do you feed your Betta? How much?
Three times a day. Morning, 3-4 pellets, afternoon, one bloodworm, night, 3-4 pellets

Maintenance:
Before your Betta became ill how often did you perform a water change?
(obviously me betta isn't exactly ill but I perform water changes every other day)
What percentage of water did you change?
I don't know what percentage exactly. I change half a gallon every other day and it's a 2.5 gallon tank
Do you vacuum the substrate or just dip out water?
Dip out. I have no vacuum.
What additives do you use? What brand of conditioner?
I use Aqueon betta conditioner and TopFin bacteria supplement

Water Parameters:
What are your water parameters? Please give exact numbers. If tested by pet store please get exact numbers. "Fine" or "Safe" won't help us help you. Important: Test your water *before* the regular water change; not after one.

Ammonia: I don't have a water test kit and it's ben a couple weeks since I went to PetSmart to get it tested. I'm going to buy a test kit soon.
Nitrite:
Nitrate:
pH:
Hardness (GH):
Alkalinity (KH):

Symptoms and Treatment:
(I deleted some of the questions since, again, my betta isn't exactly ill...)
Does your Betta have any history of being ill?
Sort of, yes. She's had SBD, weird kinda fuzzy white spots on her that lost their fuzz but haven't 100% gone away (been like that for weeks) and I've noticed she also has kinda like a little dent on her one side... You can see it very clearly in one of the pictures.)
How long have you owned your Betta? Was he or she ill or suffering some sort of damage when purchased?
I got her September 24th, 2016 as a baby and no, she was fine.
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post #2 of 19 (permalink) Old 04-18-2017, 08:06 AM Thread Starter
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It didn't include all my pics... Here's the rest of them. (The first one you can see the patches of gray where she's missing her blue scales)
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She looks to almost have a bent spine, but it's not sever and can't be cured so I wouldn't worry about it. Do you soak the bloodworms in tank water before feeding?

A few tips, if so....

1. Get a vac. It will help 100% and make *your* life easier. Also, invest in a turkey baster for the days that you don't do water changes.

2. With a filter, you don't need to be doing a water change every other day when you get the test kit. If you can, get the liquid ammonia and the test strips for everything else.

3. I know you got better pellets (yay!) but freeze-dried isn't the best for Bettas (especially ones with a history of SBD). I would personally either cut out on the bloodworms or get some frozen food. My fish love it, and as soon as I run out of pellets I'm going 100% frozen. I might even start some live cultures like BBS or blackworms for my fish.

4. The Aqueon water conditioner is okay, but most members here recommend Seachem Prime. It is slightly more costly, but it is, in the long run, much more cost conservative at only 2 drops per gallon. Is there a reason you use the bacteria supplement? How long have you been using it? We can't tell if you have a cycle going without a test kit, but I personally think it better to simply do a water change more frequently. I haven't heard of stuff like that working.

Other than that, she looks good! I'm still not sure what the dots are.

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You know, I was wondering about her spine! Personally I love it and it makes me happy and feel like I have a little friend that's like me because I was born with pretty bad back problems and have had a bent spine my whole life. :)

Ok I was thinking of getting a vacuum but I have an under gravel heater and also I don't want to harm my live plants :/ Like I said, I'm still pretty new to this and I've only had live plants in there for two days so... If I'm worrying too much or being paranoid, tell me hahaha

No I don't soak the bloodworms first. Didn't even know I should have been :O Ok, I'll see about getting her some frozen food. Thanks!

Liquid ammonia? What's that? Lol.

I use the bacteria supplement because several of the employees in the PetSmart fish section recommended it when her ammonia was a little high and it has seemed to help a lot.

Yeah, I have no clue what's with the blue scales missing or the dots but she isn't rubbing against anything or acting any different so I'm just rolling with it, hahaha
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I'd skip the gravel vac and just use an old airline hose as a vac. There's two reasons for that, one is your live planks, they won't appreciate having their root system constantly messed with. Two, is that a gravel vac will empty your tank of water extremely fast. I got the smallest one that I could find and it empty's half the water in my 5 gal tank if around 2 minutes. One word of caution, if you do get one, take your girl out the tank when you using the gravel vac, or be extremely careful using the vac. Betta's have been known to get too close and get vacuumed up. I only used mine when I was doing a major, deep, cleaning, because it empties the water so fast, I normally just use the airline hose which does a decent job.

Your girl is very pretty! Are you sure that he's missing scales and it's not just her color pattern?
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Is there anything abrasive in your girls tank? Maybe a picture of the tanks its self would help. It does appear to me that she is missing scales but I don't see any signs of infection (maybe due to the pwc schedule).

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OK I'll see about getting an airline hose :)

Thanks! I find her quite pretty, myself :) Yeah it really looks like she's missing scales because some old pictures I have of her didn't look like she was missing scales there. Here's a picture of her tank and a picture from a month or so ago (sorry I know the picture isn't that great but I didn't have a very good camera until recently...)
(also here's a pic of her as a baby because she was just so tiny and cute XD
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Is that a plastic Easter egg? :0

(not that it's bad, but I'd be careful.... Cute idea!)

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Moving to Chat since this isn't about a sick Betta.


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OK I'll see about getting an airline hose :)

Thanks! I find her quite pretty, myself :) Yeah it really looks like she's missing scales because some old pictures I have of her didn't look like she was missing scales there. Here's a picture of her tank and a picture from a month or so ago (sorry I know the picture isn't that great but I didn't have a very good camera until recently...)
(also here's a pic of her as a baby because she was just so tiny and cute XD
Oh ok, that makes more sense. ^^ I can't think other things besides what the others have said. She looks very healthy. :)

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