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Old 08-29-2012, 08:50 PM   #1 
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Unhappy King Dedede is being lethargic-y?

Today, I just found that King Dedede is being lethargic (for people that don't know what being lethargic is, it's being sluggish and not wanting to move (thats what google told me)) and not eating, I also see his face being pale sometimes, then turning black (again). I don't see any signs of diseases, but what I see is a pink color and a tiny bit of white, along with a line of orange, those colors are both on his anal fin. I can't bring up a picture because King Dedede hates pictures. I can't seem to figure out what's the problem... help please?
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Old 08-30-2012, 12:14 AM   #2 
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;-; help?! PLEASE! I'M REALLY WORRIED!
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Old 08-30-2012, 12:42 AM   #3 
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He might be cold? How's the weather been, particularly at night? If you need a blanket on, I'm betting your fish needs a heater, if eh hasn't got one.

If he isn't cold, how's the water changes coming?
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Old 08-30-2012, 01:34 PM   #4 
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He might be cold? How's the weather been, particularly at night? If you need a blanket on, I'm betting your fish needs a heater, if eh hasn't got one.

If he isn't cold, how's the water changes coming?
it's somewhat warm, I don't like to put on my blanket, so I just hug it. (I got no idea why, I just like it, lol) I don't think he gets cold because sometimes I do the water changes with warm water, then it somehow stays warm. I still can't get a heater because my parents won't let me go to the pet stores near us (there's also others beside a petdumb (petdumb = my name for petsmart) near us, but for most of the pet stores, we need to use the car and my parents are busy all the time, this is the most I have ever written!!)
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Remind your parents that since they let you get a pet, they and you are responsible for meeting the basic needs of that pet. A heater is a basic need for a betta. They are tropical fish and need to be kept at 78-82 degrees for optimal health. I very much doubt the room temp in your house is 78 degrees, and water does not hold a temperature warmer than a room for more than 6 hours. All of the signs your fishie is exhibiting point to him being too cold, and if there's another problem with him too, he can't fight any type of illness while being too cold.

Perhaps you could offer to do a chore that your parents normally take care of so they will have time to take you to the pet store?
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Old 08-30-2012, 03:00 PM   #6 
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Angry why do my parents do this?

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Remind your parents that since they let you get a pet, they and you are responsible for meeting the basic needs of that pet. A heater is a basic need for a betta. They are tropical fish and need to be kept at 78-82 degrees for optimal health. I very much doubt the room temp in your house is 78 degrees, and water does not hold a temperature warmer than a room for more than 6 hours. All of the signs your fishie is exhibiting point to him being too cold, and if there's another problem with him too, he can't fight any type of illness while being too cold.

Perhaps you could offer to do a chore that your parents normally take care of so they will have time to take you to the pet store?
ok, I'll try to convince them for that, they think bettas are decor pets, but I'm 100% against that.

but my mom says she doesn't want to spend money on stuff like heaters or filters... I'm gonna try to do those stuff you told me to.
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Old 08-30-2012, 03:21 PM   #7 
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Fill this out please.
Also, is he still in his small tank, and are you keeping up wih water changes? Chemicals build up fast in smaller tanks and need changes every other day or so to be safe.

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)?
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Old 08-30-2012, 04:22 PM   #8 
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Fill this out please.
Also, is he still in his small tank, and are you keeping up wih water changes? Chemicals build up fast in smaller tanks and need changes every other day or so to be safe.

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)?
Sure.

Housing
What size is your tank? 1 gallon
What temperature is your tank? I don't have a themomater
Does your tank have a filter? not allowed to have one
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? no
Is your tank heated? no
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? none

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? betta pellets
How often do you feed your betta fish? 2 times everyday

Maintenance
How often do you perform a water change? I don't know
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? I'm bad at water percentages, I don't know
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? SplendidBetta water conditioner

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

Ammonia: dont know
Nitrite: Don't know
Nitrate: Don't know
pH:Don't know
Hardness:Don't know
Alkalinity: I don't know.

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? it hasnt
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? not eating and being lethargic
When did you start noticing the symptoms? yesterday
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? no
Does your fish have any history of being ill? no
How old is your fish (approximately)? I didn't get the age
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Old 08-30-2012, 04:49 PM   #9 
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Sure.

Housing
What size is your tank? 1 gallon
What temperature is your tank? I don't have a themomater
Does your tank have a filter? not allowed to have one
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? no
Is your tank heated? no
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? none

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? betta pellets
How often do you feed your betta fish? 2 times everyday

Maintenance
How often do you perform a water change? I don't know
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? I'm bad at water percentages, I don't know
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? SplendidBetta water conditioner

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

Ammonia: dont know
Nitrite: Don't know
Nitrate: Don't know
pH:Don't know
Hardness:Don't know
Alkalinity: I don't know.

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? it hasnt
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? not eating and being lethargic
When did you start noticing the symptoms? yesterday
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? no
Does your fish have any history of being ill? no
How old is your fish (approximately)? I didn't get the age
You don't need a filter for a one gallon.

And you should be doing water changes every other day, or at least twice a week. And if your water has a high amount of ammonia, like mine does, it's just building up even MORE in the tank.

You need to get a water test kit of some kind because it could be possible he's sick from what is in the water.

I understand you're bad at it, but it's a HUGE requirement for having a betta. A one gallon tank is small and it shouldn't be that hard for you, even if you are young. :/
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Old 08-30-2012, 05:47 PM   #10 
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You don't need a filter for a one gallon.

And you should be doing water changes every other day, or at least twice a week. And if your water has a high amount of ammonia, like mine does, it's just building up even MORE in the tank.

You need to get a water test kit of some kind because it could be possible he's sick from what is in the water.

I understand you're bad at it, but it's a HUGE requirement for having a betta. A one gallon tank is small and it shouldn't be that hard for you, even if you are young. :/
*foaming* I BLAME MY PARENTS
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