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Old 01-01-2013, 08:41 PM   #11 
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I heard there might be such a thing as shock when moving the fish, maybe the change from the jar to the bowl affected his health.
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Old 01-01-2013, 09:15 PM   #12 
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Check your water parameters. There may be ammonia present even with the daily 25% changes. You may want to do larger water changes.
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Old 01-01-2013, 09:35 PM   #13 
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Go to walmart and buy some conditioner.. If you want to switch to stress coat when it arrives, that's fine but you absolutely cannot keep fish in tap water without conditioner. It is poisoning your fish.

I noticed you put a big range for his temp. Does your room temp jump around a lot during the day? 4 degree temperature swings throughout the day are really hard on your guy and his temp needs to be stable (single temperature) between 76-82 and ideally 78-80. Make sure his bowl is on an interior wall away from exterior doors, windows, and also vents and cold air returns. These will all also cause temp swings.

A bowl of your size will need 2-3 water changes a week. A series of 50% and a one 100% change a week including a thorough rinsing of the gravel.

This is how you can do changes without shocking:

To do a water change, use a little cup like a plastic solo cup - this cup must be only for him and have never been used with soap or other chems. Scoop him up in this cup (keep him in the cup about 1/4 full of water - it doesn't need to be much because he won't be in it for long) and leave him in the cup while you change his water. To do the 50% use a turkey baster - dedicated only to him that has never seen soap or chems - and drag it through the gravel and try to suck as much of the poop out as possible, in addition to 50% of the water. Use a thermometer under the running tap to get it to be the same temp as the water that is normally in his tank. When the thermometer says the flowing tap is the right temp, fill back up his tank. At this point, add the conditioner (dose for how much water you change - if you change half the water you add half gallon worth of conditioner, If you do a 100% water change dose for the full gallon change). Float his plastic cup with him in it in the new water. Slowly add a couple tablespoons of the new water into his cup every 10 minutes for at least an hour. Finally, dump him in gently but try to get as little of the old cup water back into the tank as possible. When you do the weekly 100% you will do mostly the same thing except empty his tank fully and rinse everything in it very well under warm water but never use soaps or chemicals. Once it's fully cleaned/rinsed you can refill it and repeat the cup/acclimate phase.
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Old 01-02-2013, 02:22 PM   #14 
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Yeah I put him in a bottle (with air of course) and let it float in the tank for an hour or two, and then opened the cap and let him swim out. Also, I have all the windows slightly ajar, but not wide open. His tank is no where near a window anyway.
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