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Old 02-25-2013, 07:29 PM   #1 
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Exclamation Lazy betta fish & loosing color

HELLLLLLLLPPPPPP!!!! I've had my betta fish Arnold for a little over 2 weeks know!! I love him so much! I'm scared he might be sick. he has been hanging out at the bottom of the aquarium and he is loosing a little bit of his color. I really need some advice to get him to feel better
in the photo you can see a little loss of color at the end of the tail
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Old 02-25-2013, 07:34 PM   #2 
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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:
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How has your betta fish's appearance changed?
How has your betta fish's behavior changed?
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Have you started treating your fish? If so, how?
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Old 02-25-2013, 08:11 PM   #3 
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1/4 gallon
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the end of his tail is looseing some color
hes being lazy and is usuall at the bottom of the aquarium
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Old 02-25-2013, 08:15 PM   #4 
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Get an in tank thermometer. Betta fish need to be in water about 74-80F. The size is also extremely small. I recommend getting alteast a 2.5G tank. A tank that small needs to be cleaned every other day.
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I already know what size that is and can tell it's not heated.. so I'm just going to give you a lot of general information which I am sure most if not all applies..

bettas need to be kept in 2 gallons minimum. In these twice weekly water changes of 50% and 100% are needed. Bettas kept in 1 gallon containers live an average of about 2 years compared to double that+ in larger containers. The 1 gallon would need 3 weekly water changes of 50%, 50% and 100%, and even then they will be subjected to ammonia.

The 50% changes the betta can be kept in the bowl and use a turkey baster to remove half the water and as much of the debris as possible. For the 100% you need to remove him - scoop him out with a plastic solo type cup and set aside while you thoroughly rinse the bowl and gravel to remove the debris. Then he should be acclimated to the new water by floating for an hour while you slowly add a couple tablespoons of new water to the cup every 10 minutes. When you release him, try to let as little of the old cup water back into the tank as possible. All water changes should use same temp water, matched to running tap using the in tank thermometer and the water needs to be premixed with conditioner before adding it to the betta tank. If you don't already have anything, you can use gallon water jugs from the grocery store - rinsed thoroughly in hot water but no chems.

Bettas are tropical fish and must be kept at a temp between 76-82, with 78-80 being ideal. The temp must be stable and not be dipping or jumping around. In a 2 gallon you can get an adjustable 25w heater. Any new heater should be tested for 24 hours in similar size container with in tank thermometer to make sure it will hold a constant appropriate temp between 78-80F. Then the betta must be acclimated to higher temp either by floating in a cup inside the main already fully heated tank for an hour, or by adjusting the heater to increase the temperature of the tank no more than a degree per hour and 5 degrees per day.

Flakes aren't good nutritional value, and especially with something this small they muck up the water quickly cuasing excess ammonia. You should look for a good quality pellets whose first two or three ingredients are whole fish, not fish meal or wheat. He should be fed two small meals a day (how many depends on the pellet you pick up) and one fast day a week.

So.. first step is get your betta in warm clean water and maintain the water quality.
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hi i just went to petco and got my betta a thermomiter and it says that his aquarium is around 72F is that a good temperature?
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hi i just went to petco and got my betta a thermomiter and it says that his aquarium is around 72F is that a good temperature?
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Bettas are tropical fish and must be kept at a temp between 76-82, with 78-80 being ideal.
72 is cold for a betta. That is why bettas need heaters.
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