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Old 02-17-2013, 09:46 PM   #1 
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Can He still be saved?

Hello I am new. My Betta fish that I am having already over a year is acting strange. Since yesterday he is lying at the bottom of his tank and is not able to swim and is breathing very hard. The other problem is that his body resembles now the shape of an u and one side turned a bit black. I am really worried. What can I do?
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Old 02-17-2013, 09:48 PM   #2 
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More info is needed: http://www.bettafish.com/showthread.php?t=49233

Photos would also be helpful.
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Old 02-17-2013, 10:21 PM   #3 
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Its a one gallon tank, he lives alone and i feed him twice a day blood worms, water change is usually performed once a week, where half of the old water is kept and the fresh water is added, water conditioner is added afterwards , no water testing had been performed and he had never been ill before and well he can't swim anymore and it started yesterday. I already performed a water change but at the end I decided to take him out of his tank. The water kinda looks dirty in this picture but actually it is not.
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Old 02-17-2013, 10:26 PM   #4 
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Problem is malnutrition, possibly overfeeding and chronic poor water quality.

In a tank/bowl of this size three water changes a week are needed.. 50%, 50% and 100%. He should be scooped in a little plastic solo type cup and not use a net. New water should be the exact same temp as old water - matched using his in tank thermometer. Water and conditioner should also be premixed before using (you can use fresh water jugs from the grocery store - rinsed well in hot water but not chems).

However, 2 gallons is really minimum to keep betta's healthy long term, and betta's kept in small bowls of this size live an average of 2 years, compared to double that+ in larger containers.

What heater are you using? You need one that can keep a constant unchanging temp between 78-80F and you need to be using an in tank thermometer to monitor the temp

He should be getting two small meals a day, at least a couple at a time and one fast day a week. Blood worms are like feeding potato chips - very high in fat and very poor in nutrition. They should be fed no more than one once a week in replace of a pellet meal. Also, if yours are freeze dried they need to be soaked thoroughly in a cup with some tank/treated water for at least 10minutes before feeding. You should look for a pellet whose first two or three ingredients are whole fish and not fish meal or wheat. How many you feed depends on the pellet you choose.
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Old 02-17-2013, 10:32 PM   #5 
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Bloodworms are fine as a treat once in a while but they are not good when fed as the only food... the potato chip analogy is a great one, because they are basically betta junk food. Pellet (or even flake) foods are fortified to provide all the essential nutrients plus minerals your fish needs - which bloodworms don't provide.
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Old 02-17-2013, 10:33 PM   #6 
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I would think so but get a 2 gallon tank and keep temp 78-81 F. And use a heater and feed pellets to help
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Old 02-17-2013, 10:34 PM   #7 
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Is there anything that I can still do now so that he gets better? Beside getting the new tank and pellets that I can get the earliest tomorrow morning.

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Old 02-17-2013, 10:37 PM   #8 
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Answer These To See If He Could Be Ok
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 02-17-2013, 10:39 PM   #9 
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Increase your water changes. I would a couple 50% right now maybe an hour apart.
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