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Old 05-22-2012, 05:48 PM   #1 
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What's up with Aris?

Aristotle, my lovely Grizzle CT, has been acting really weird lately. I can't diagnose it.
Usually during the night, sometimes even during the day, he will freak RIGHT out. He won't jump at all, but he zips around his tank like an absolute maniac, and often runs into the walls so I end up hearing repeated BONNG sounds. I came home today and noticed he has a small hole in his dorsal, so the plant he has in there may be too sharp. He's resting at the bottom of his tank, but does come up for air easily and ate just as excitedly as he usually does. He's not sideways and doesn't have any spots and I see no trace of velvet, either. His scales aren't pinecone'd and he's not bloated.

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Housing
What size is your tank?: 1 Gallon
What temperature is your tank?: 78 F
Does your tank have a filter?: No

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish?: Omega 1
How often do you feed your betta fish?: Twice a day

Maintenance

How often do you perform a water change?: Weekly. Just changed yesterday.
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change?: 100%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change?: Water Conditioner, and Aq salt this time.

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed?: Not much, except the rims of his gills are red and there's a small hole in his dorsal.
How has your betta fish's behavior changed?: See details above.
When did you start noticing the symptoms?: Yesterday.
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how?: I added Aquarium salt to his tank yesterday, but it seems to have made it worse.
Does your fish have any history of being ill?: No.
How old is your fish (approximately)?: Old enough to be an adult; 8 months?

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Old 05-22-2012, 06:00 PM   #2 
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Can you Fill this out? Please Fill as much as you can.
Housing
What size is your tank?
What temperature is your tank?
Does your tank have a filter?
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration?
Is your tank heated?
What tank mates does your betta fish live with?

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish?
How often do you feed your betta fish?

Maintenance

How often do you perform a water change?
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change?
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change?

Water Parameters:
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?

Ammonia:
Nitrite:
Nitrate:
pH:
Hardness:
Alkalinity:

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed?
How has your betta fish's behavior changed?
When did you start noticing the symptoms?
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how?
Does your fish have any history of being ill?
How old is your fish (approximately)?

Hope your Betta feels better.
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Old 05-22-2012, 06:10 PM   #3 
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Did it, took out questions I couldn't answer to prevent cluttering.
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Old 05-22-2012, 06:41 PM   #4 
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Red Gills? Might be too much Ammonia. It is a 1 Gallon Tank. You are supposed to do a Water Change every other day. Not just Weekly. Can you post a Picture?
Symptoms: Fish Gasp for Air at Surface, ( Hard to tell because of Labyrinth )
Red or Purple Gills, ETC.
Do a test of how much Ammonia is in the Tank.
Even if you did a Water Change, did you Notice it Before or After the Change? Can you also post a Pic of his Hole?

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Old 05-22-2012, 06:47 PM   #5 
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one gallon is too small for him. he may be restless. 2.5 is a good size tank for him.
Also, try to feed him multiple types of food. pellets are recommended to prevent ickiness in the water. Dozen bloodworms are also a good choice. By stretching his variety of food, he won't be accustomed to one food and will be more healthy!
as people have said, check the ammonia level. That may be the reason

Good Luck!
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Old 05-22-2012, 06:48 PM   #6 
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Frozen* sorry
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Old 05-22-2012, 07:41 PM   #7 
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I'm not sure about the ammonia, I have 3 fish and the other two are completely fine, no red gills or complete spazztasticness.
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Old 05-22-2012, 10:27 PM   #8 
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He might be more sensitive to ammonia than your other fish.

Ideally 1 50% and 1 100% for a one gallon tank should be done weekly. This helps to reduce ammonia to safer amount (Safe is 0, but some can be tolerated). Some fish do just fine with only one change a week and others don't. This boy might be one that doesn't.

Just try changing his water twice a week for a few weeks and see if there's any improvement.

While you have him on the aquarium salt, keep him on it for 7-10 days (This helps to keep resistance issues of bacteria down since a full course of treatment will be followed) and do 100% daily changes. f he does have ammonia burns, then this will help to clear them up.
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