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Old 03-07-2013, 08:22 PM   #11 
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The tetra stuff is not good. It's one of the worst on wheat and fillers. The first two or three ingredients should be whole fish. Fish meal just means fish bones and byproducts ground up. Sorry :(

Here's some general info on keeping bettas (it can all be found in the care forums btw)

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.

Betta's also like wide shallow spaces, and need to breathe air. So really tall vases with next to no surface area at their narrow neck is not an appropriate keeping container

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.

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. Blood worms should be fed no more than one once a week as a treat in replace of pellet meal. Anything freeze dried needs to be thoroughly soaked in separate cup with some tank/treated water for at least 10minutes before feeding.
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Old 03-12-2013, 08:53 PM   #12 
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I had gotten the new habitat and I got him a heater.

I have more questions.
Will his face ever recover it's color or will it stay silver?
How do I know when he's healed from the burns?
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Old 03-12-2013, 09:13 PM   #13 
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He looks like he will probably always have a metallic sheen to his cheeks but the gray belly/faded color will go away when he is happy and well.
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He looks like he will probably always have a metallic sheen to his cheeks but the gray belly/faded color will go away when he is happy and well.
Right now, he likes to lay by the heater with his head in the rocks and sleep, a lot. Is this a warning sign or is it just a sign of resting to heal?
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What's the temperature of the current water?

What heater did you get?

How are you monitoring temp?

How often/much are you changing the water now?
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I keep him in a 2 gal. tank (remeasured the other day) I have a non-adjustable 50w heater that stays between 78-80F. I have been doing 100% water changes every day, since I was told to. He still doesn't want to eat anything. I tried to give him what I have since it has little brine shrimp pieces. (haven't found anything with whole fish in it)

My dechlorinator says Instant, does it need to be premixed?
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Do you have a glass in tank thermometer that says what the temp of the tank is?

Yes, it's really important you do water changes as carefully as I outlined above or you will stress or even shock your fish.
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No, I don't have a thermometer, when I get my paycheck, I will get one first thing. I have had a tropical fish tank before and It was kept at 78-80F and this feels similar to how that one felt.

Okay so, I guess I will fill this gal. jug I have of water and the dechlorinator and store it by my heater vent to keep it kinda at the same temp.
I do let him float around in a cup in the new water and slowly adjust him to the new water and I allow as little as possible of the old water to get in the new water.
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It's really imperative to keep a thermometer in the tank and not just assume the heater is working. Those heaters are notorious for over heating and killing fish, as well as keeping temps swinging which is hard on him.

Thermometers are literally only a couple bucks and can't wait..

You don't need to fill it up that far ahead of time.. just match faucet temp with the thermometer (again crucial or you could kill him), fill up, add conditioner, mix up, then use.

His problem at this point is you are probably shocking him over and over again with the water changes because you're not able to match water temp during changes without a thermometer.
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okay. I can go and get one tomorrow and put it in too see the temp of the water for the heater, then I can change it.

Should I only do 3 water changes a week or keep with it every day for now?
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