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Old 08-26-2010, 05:59 PM   #1 
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Bloated, Listless and Pale?

I inherited my bettas from a fellow co-worker when she had to move and could not take her fish with her. I've had them for about 5 months and have no idea how long she had them.

Carmen my female (I think) betta is a usually active, friendly and hungry fish. When I got to work today she wasn't her usually happy self and wasn't begging for food. She was sitting on the bottom on the tank and she was pale and really bloated. She finally made her way to the top of the tank and showed no interest in eating. She spent the day of the top of the tank with barley any movement.

I went to a local fish store at lunch and asked about her, the store owner told me she was getting old. These were classic signs, the dropping to the bottom of the tank and losing her colour. This could be the case as I have no idea how old she is.

Later this afternoon I noticed she had what looked to be white/clear poop. Then while I was watching her a bunch of white tiny droplets fell from her?!? Could these be eggs? Do bettas get listless and pale when they are ready to spawn?

I have no idea and some advice would be gratefully accepted. Thank you

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Housing
What size is your tank? 1G
What temperature is your tank? not sure but it's always constant
Does your tank have a filter? yes
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? yes
Is your tank heated? no
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? none

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? pellets
How often do you feed your betta fish? x2 daily

Maintenance

How often do you perform a water change? Once a week

What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 25%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Conditioner

Water Parameters:
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters? No

Ammonia:
Nitrite:
Nitrate:
pH:
Hardness:
Alkalinity:

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? Paled
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? Listless
When did you start noticing the symptoms? This morning, she was fine yesterday when I left work
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? Added a pinch of aquarium salt
Does your fish have any history of being ill? Not that i know of
How old is your fish (approximately)? ?


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Old 08-26-2010, 06:03 PM   #2 
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t o me it sounds like internal parisites. and you need to clean a 1 g two 100% water changes each week
a pic would help
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Old 08-26-2010, 06:29 PM   #3 
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Thanks for the response

I have some pics on my iPhone but can't download them on this computer. I will post them tomorrow morning when I get to work. I did stop on the way home tonight and picked up some parasite pellets and fizzy water tablets. I'm hoping she'll eat the pellets as the tablets are for a 10G tank and it will be difficult to break them down to the right size for a 1G tank.
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