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Old 12-08-2010, 11:23 PM   #1 
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Unhappy Lazy, Lying on the bottom, Discollored, fens have red streaks HELP

MY fish seems really sick and i have no means of medication(antibackterial) for atleast 3 days D: I do have water conditioner and common household items Can anyone hep me with my sick fish???

symptoms: Lazy, Lying on the bottom, Discollored, fens have red streaks, it seems like he is breathing fast, I think it might be Septicimia?

Any help would be greatly appreciated

What size is your tank? 1.7 gallonish? its a half bubble wall hanging one
What temperature is your tank?my house is pretty cold...thermometer says 66 F so cold
Does your tank have a filter? No
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? No
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?there like little chunky things..tetramin tropical granuals
How often do you feed your betta fish? like once every other day

Maintenance

How often do you perform a water change? once a month--when the tank looks low i pour in water thats been sitting out and a little water conditioner
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change?100%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? water conditioner

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? pale
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? lazy, no eating
When did you start noticing the symptoms? a week ago i thout it was the weather and he would adjust but hes still lazy and gotten worse
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how?I just changed the water
Does your fish have any history of being ill? a while back he was hving trouble swimming--looked like a swim bladder problem
How old is your fish (approximately)? ~2 and a half years

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Old 12-09-2010, 12:16 AM   #2 
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It is a couple of things. He is cold and he has ammonia poisoning.

Betta need a temperature between 76 and 82 degrees farenheit, below that they tend to slow down and act "lazy". It also compromizes their immune system to be so cold.

In a tank that size you should be changing at least 50% of the water every other day with 100% changes weekly. The water may look clean but it can quickly fill up with poisonous chemicals like ammonia which the fish creates and which comes from any uneaten food still in the tank.

To treat the fish you need to find a way to warm his tank to about 80 degrees, get a thermometer so you know exactly what temperature the water is. If you can't get to a pet store right away try a heated blanket or electric heating pad and put the tank on it.

You also need to start daily 50-100% water changes. Clean water is the best road to recovery.

Another thing you can do on top of the water changes is to add a teaspoon of Aquarium Salt (Which is very different from table salt, table salt is poisonous to fish) to the tank.
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Old 12-09-2010, 08:38 AM   #3 
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alright the tank is on my wall so i have been microwaving cups of water and pouring in, also i read somewhere people talking about epsom salt, i have that would it work instead of aquarium salt?

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Old 12-10-2010, 11:11 PM   #4 
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Epsom salt is used to help treat bloating and things like that, Aquarium salt helps Bettas heal faster from diseases. Though it is recommened not to use aquarium salt for more than a week, as it puts too much strain on their organs.
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Old 12-11-2010, 08:48 AM   #5 
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thanks for the help, unfortunatly my fish died :(
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Old 12-11-2010, 10:26 AM   #6 
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I am sorry for your loss, at least you now know what to do in the future.
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Old 12-11-2010, 02:04 PM   #7 
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its alright he was over three years old anyways so he had a long life for a feesh
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Old 12-11-2010, 03:41 PM   #8 
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Im sorry for your loss...
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Old 12-11-2010, 04:19 PM   #9 
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