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Old 02-20-2011, 09:36 PM   #21 
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Betta-newbie here - how do they contract parasites?? Unclean water?
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Old 02-20-2011, 09:43 PM   #22 
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Unclean water is a very big one, yes- which, now that you mention it, could be a cause of her parasites.

Unclean water, and exposure to fish/fish water with parasites.
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Old 02-20-2011, 09:48 PM   #23 
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Dirty water is either the main cause or a leading contibutor to most fish illnesses. Unfortunately parasites can even be carried in your tap water but a healthy betta would have a better chance on not contracting them.
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Old 02-21-2011, 12:56 AM   #24 
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Didn't you say she was a little fat when you first got her and has only gotten worse since? She could have contracted parasites when with her previous owners.
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Old 02-22-2011, 08:55 PM   #25 
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I've had fine luck with Jungle Parasite Clear.

Crowntails are a little tricky to care for, they eat and eat and eat.

Crush the pellets if they're larger than salt grains and only give her one half or so a day and run the parasite treatment.

Do you have a flashlight? If you do shine it through her and see if she's got a large clear space below her guts inside her body. I'd have expected a betta with THAT big of an intestine to have already kicked. If you don't see guts down there it may be deeper issues, be careful with water quality.
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Old 02-22-2011, 08:58 PM   #26 
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OMG poor baby awww I hope shes going to be okay
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