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Old 02-25-2013, 08:28 AM   #1 
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I need help with my betta fish!

Hi!

I'm pretty new to the forum and this is my first post here. Hope, I did it right.

Me and my daughter purchased a young male halfmoon betta 2 Months ago in a local pet store.
He was doing fine and we really got attached to him.
A feew weeks ago he lost appetite and would not be active anymore ore build a bubble nest.
He seems to be constipated all the time.
We feed him betta flakes, because he won't eat pellets. Freeze dried bloodworms and frozen ones sometimes.
Do bloodworms constipate them?
he was eating like a manicac and I was wondering if we unwanted overfed him?
He only hangs out in the bottom and does not do anything anymore.
The temperature is around 76 F in his tank.
Water parameters are fine. No clorine or Nitrite.....
The tank is filtered.


How can I make him better? Thank you
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Old 02-25-2013, 08:46 AM   #2 
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I am not sure what could be wrong. There is a thread on the main bettafish page for Betta Fish Care and Emergencies. If you go to that thread and post, one of the better experienced users could help. Also, there is a sticky on that thread with a list of questions for you to answer so that you can get better assistance. I hope your fish gets better soon!
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Old 02-25-2013, 08:48 AM   #3 
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Oh, I am sorry! I apologize for the previous post. When I clicked on this thread, it was showing under the "Show Bettas" thread instead of the fish emergencies one! *facepalm* Again, sorry for my confusion.
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Old 02-25-2013, 08:52 AM   #4 
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Yeah, after I posted, I realized it was the wrong page! Sorry for the confusion
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Old 02-25-2013, 06:59 PM   #5 
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More info please http://www.bettafish.com/showthread.php?t=49233

Photos might help
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Old 02-26-2013, 12:10 AM   #6 
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Ok I try to answer all the questions!

Housing

4 gallon tank
Temperatur 76 F
Tank has a filter with low flow no airstone
the tank is heated
he has no mates in his new tank
before he lived with red cherry shrimp

Food

he is a very finicky eater
pellets he refuses completely
betta buffet flakes
freeze dried bloodworms
1x weekly frozen bloodworms

due to he is a baby betta I feed him every day a small dose
I think some of his problems could be that he constantly is constipated.
He sometimes eats like a maniac and then he has problems and won't eat for days

Maintance

I perform a weekly water change of 40%
I add to each change water safe Tetra fin

Water parameters

Amonia 0
Nitrite 0
Nitrate 0.2
PH 6.5

Alkalinity very low usually I have between 40 and 80 ppm but at the moment I have less then 20ppm
Wow!
And it comes very low out of my faucet... I tested that as well...
This is a completely new thing....

maybe that is one of the problems I have going on..... How can I raise the PH and Hardness?
more oxygen? He hates a strong current!!!!!!!
Would an air stone help?

Thanks for your tipps in advance!
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Old 02-26-2013, 10:52 AM   #7 
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He's not getting proper nutrition for a baby.

I would avoid all freeze dried food and flake food.

The pellets are probably too large. I would look for New Life Spectrum Grow formula. In the meantime, NLS Betta or Omega One Betta Buffet pellets crushed up would be okay.

He's too cold. Baby bettas need temps between 80-82F, even slightly higher won't be bad

I would increase water changes to a minimum of 50% weekly with siphon to remove all debris. Even twice weekly 50% wouldn't be a bad idea.

The drop is PH can be a sign of ammonia.. so I am concerned at what kit you are using to monitor?

I would not mess with the ph.

Exactly what filter do you use and how do you maintain it?
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Old 02-26-2013, 01:34 PM   #8 
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Thank you for your reply!

The filter came with the tank. It is pretty strong and I had to cut down drastically with the water flow.it is a internal box filter.hopefully I have enough oxygen.....

I never used chemicals so far in the tank and I will like you said not mess with it.
Ok I raised the temperature for him and will run to the store and find proper food for him.

I use the Tetra Strips to test the water. I will as well get a separate kit for ammonia.
I brought a water sample to the pet store and they could not find ammonia.

I will double check today as well.

Thanks!

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Old 02-26-2013, 02:20 PM   #9 
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Hi it's me again!

I tried to edit my post and somehow I messed it up

So another try.......
I have the evolve 4 tank for him. the filter that comes with it is too strong for a betta.
so I modefied it to a lower flow.

I fed Red the Betta Buffet flakes crushed up, because he wouldn't tough other foods at all.
How often do I have to feed him?
I cut out from now on the freeze dried Bloodworms. I have frozen ones home as well. Can he have those cut up and how many and how often?
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You should feed him 2 times a day, an amount about the size of his eye. His belly should be slightly rounded after feeding but it should go away by the next feeding. The flakes are going to muck up his water quickly (increased ammonia) so a good testing kit and increased water changes are even more important. You should use a turkey baster to remove any uneaten flakes.

Almost any pellet you can find are going to be just too big for him. NLS Grow is my favorite but as long as the first two or three ingredients are whole fish, not fish meal or wheat it's ok.

You can feed the frozen blood worms - dethawened one worm once a week as a treat in replace of regular meal.
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