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Old 05-31-2013, 03:14 PM   #1 
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HELP! Sick Betta!

4 days ago he kept staying at the top or the bottom and not swimming much. He would still eat when I fed him. The past two days he wont eat anymore and he just sits at the top of the tank on an ornament branch or at the bottom. He has not eaten any food for the past two days and he will barely move anymore. Currently he is sitting at the top of the tank. His fins dont look that great, but he never had the greatest fins from the first day I got him. What to do?
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Old 05-31-2013, 05:23 PM   #2 
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Please copy and paste this into your post and answer all the questions. It will help us to help you.

Housing
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 05-31-2013, 05:36 PM   #3 
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Housing
What size is your tank? 2
What temperature is your tank? 78
Does your tank have a filter? Yes
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? No
Is your tank heated? Yes
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? None

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? NLS
How often do you feed your betta fish? Once a day

Maintenance
How often do you perform a water change? 1-2 weeks
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 50%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Prime

Water Parameters:
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?

Ammonia: .25
Nitrite: 0
Nitrate: 0
pH:
Hardness:
Alkalinity:

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? Just sits at the top of the tank or at the bottom. Noticed today when I did a water change he "darted" from the top to the bottom. Fins do not look good, look choppy.
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? Lethargic and will not eat for 2 days now.
When did you start noticing the symptoms? 4-5 days ago
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? No
Does your fish have any history of being ill? No
How old is your fish (approximately)? 7-8 months
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Old 05-31-2013, 05:57 PM   #4 
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Ok, he may have fin rot or ammonia burns from poor water quality. Ammonia readings should be 0, as should Nitrate and Nitrite. These are poisonous to bettas.

For a 2 gallon tank, assuming you aren't using a bunch of natural plants, you need to be changing at least 50% the water at least twice per week.

Do you have any StressCoat+? You can get it at Petco orPetSmart and at Walmart. I'd do a 100% water change and add some StressCoat+. Remember the water you add needs to be the same temp as the water he is in -- within 2 degrees or it can shock them badly. Do you know how to acclimate a fish?
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Old 05-31-2013, 06:10 PM   #5 
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I have the API Stress Coat. Yes I do know how to acclimate. You think thats all it is? Im concerned how lethargic he is, barely swims and wont eat for two days now. Seems to have a little trouble swimming also. When he is sitting, it almost looks like he is not alive. I have to tap on the tank and then he will move his gills.
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Old 05-31-2013, 06:13 PM   #6 
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If he's not been getting the water changes he needs, it could be that over time his immune system has been worn down.

Do you have a thermometer in the tank? Where is it? He sounds like he could be cold, but if the water is uniformly 78, he should not be cold.
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Old 05-31-2013, 06:15 PM   #7 
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I dont have a thermometer in the tank. I have a digital one I stick in it. So with water changes and stress coat he should get better?
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Old 05-31-2013, 08:31 PM   #8 
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I agree that you need to do more frequent water changes.

In a 2 gal unfiltered tank, the recommendation is one 100% water change and one 50% water change per week.

In addition to ammonia, toxins and bacteria build up in the water over time. These can't be seen by us, so the water can be clear-looking, but still contain these harmful substances.

IMO, you can use either Prime or Stress Coat. Both are excellent water conditioners, and do exactly what they should..... Prime also temporarily neutralizes ammonia. Stress Coat contains aloe, which can be soothing. Use whichever one you prefer.
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Old 05-31-2013, 10:06 PM   #9 
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It sounds like that will be good. If you had pictures of him, it would also help.

You really need to get a thermometer to keep in that tank. You can get a glass one with suction cup for about $2 at Wal-Mart or $4 at Petco or Petsmart. Keeping a constant eye on the temp is very helpful.
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