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Old 08-30-2010, 08:27 PM   #1 
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Exclamation Lethargic after water change

I did a 100% water change and now my fish is just floating in the corner. His fins are clamped too :(
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Old 08-30-2010, 09:30 PM   #2 
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I did a 100% water change and now my fish is just floating in the corner. His fins are clamped too :(
Hi there. Can you provide a little more info on tank size, water temp, chemistry parameters, your typical routine... Is this the first water change this fish has experienced?

Was the water treated? Did you clean the empty tank with anything during the water change? Was the water temp consistent? Did you remove the fish using a net instead of a cup?
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Old 08-30-2010, 09:32 PM   #3 
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Please answer these questions. At least as many as you can.

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 08-30-2010, 09:34 PM   #4 
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Sounds like your betta might be cold? What's the temp. of your tank? Do you have a heater?
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Old 08-30-2010, 09:34 PM   #5 
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He's in a two gallon tank, at the moment it's not heated but he's been fine with the lower water temperature. I change the water weekly, I usually soak everything in hot water and clean the decorations thoroughly. Then I put in aquarium salt and water conditioner. When I put my fish he's usually just fine, he ate his food just fine then went back to floating in one place :(
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Old 08-30-2010, 09:36 PM   #6 
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Ahhh AS shouldn't be used every time, it causes kidney problems I believe. Only as a cure for things so-to-speak, such as ripped fins. Sounds like he could be cold though.
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Old 08-30-2010, 09:38 PM   #7 
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That's what I've been using the aquarium salt for, he's had reoccurring causes of fin rot all summer and I put it in there to help his fins grow back. Currently the water isn't very cold :/ maybe I should do a quick water change without the salt?
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Old 08-30-2010, 09:59 PM   #8 
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Now he's kind of floating on his side :( I'm worried he's gonna die T_T
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Old 08-30-2010, 10:03 PM   #9 
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I think you should just leave him alone and hope he pulls out of it. It's possible he didn't acclimate long enough to the new water and the temperature shocked him--shocking him again with another water change probably won't help things. You do need to get a heater, they are not optional. I highly suggest an adjustable heater, such as this one: http://www.fosterandsmithaquatics.com/product/prod_display.cfm?c=3578+3743+11368&pcatid=11368 mini pre-set heaters often don't heat the water enough or can overheat the water since they don't have a thermostat. Adjustable heaters give the fishkeeper more control and keep the temperature from fluctuating. Until the point that you can get a heater, you should keep him in the warmest, most stable place in your house and next time be sure to match the temperatures of the old and new water with a thermometer and allow him to acclimate for a longer period of time.
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Old 08-30-2010, 10:07 PM   #10 
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I do have a heater but it's at home, since I live on campus at school. I do plan on getting it this weekend. I think it might be temperature shock :( I hope I didn't just kill my fish T_T
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