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Old 07-06-2011, 11:57 AM   #1 
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My Betta's sick. I think.. fin rot, bacterial?

Hello Betta world.

Ok so i've had my betta for i'd say a month now, and in the beginning he was fine- bubble nests and all that good stuff. But recently i went to mexico and my family didn't clean his tank, so he basically was sitting in the filthiest water imaginable. I quickly cleaned it and added Nutrafin to condition it.
He truly needed a bigger tank so i bought a 5g and now he has stopped eating and swimming. All he does is lay on the bottom of the tank under this elephant toy thingy all day & night. He only comes up for air and then straight back down. Im so worried. I know he's stressed, and has a some fin rot so I added Seachem Prime and im just starting Betta Revive. But my main concern is the fact that he has a white barnacle looking thing right above his mouth. From what i see with the magnifying glass (drastic measures I know) it isn't stringy looking like columnaris. And he is white where his bladder is, but it doesnt look bloated. Every time he swims up for air I try to sneakily place food on the top, but he stares at it and swims down.

I guess i just want to know what to do. Im new to this all and I didnt imagine i'd be spending $50 dollars at petco on a fish. My mother is the type of woman who says "Oh he doesnt need a big 5 gallon tank" she doesnt like to spend money. And i dont have money.. im 15.. yeah.


My camera's out of charge but once i find my charger ill add pictures on what he looks like.
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Old 07-06-2011, 12:32 PM   #2 
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Try filling out the information sticky so that the people on the forum have a better idea of what's going on! Good luck and I hope your betta pulls through!
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Old 07-06-2011, 01:09 PM   #3 
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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)?

Try to fill this out the best you can.
Can you try and get a photo of his mouth?
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Old 07-06-2011, 02:08 PM   #4 
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What size is your tank? 5 gallons
What temperature is your tank? ...i dont have a thermometer.
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? no other fish just some fake blants, rocks, coves and the bottom rocks.

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Nutrafin Max
How often do you feed your betta fish? I would feed him once about 2 larger flakes, but now he wont eat. and hasn't eaten for a week.

Maintenance
How often do you perform a water change? once a week usually, unless it looks bad.
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 100% but i try to make it the same temp
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Seachem prime, Nutrafin betta plus

Tricky part

I used Mardel to test for these and I didnt understand how to use them, i know theyre easy but there was only 4 pads on the stick and there were 5 different things i needed to test for.

Ammonia: last time i checked between 0 & 0.2
Nitrite: safe
Nitrate: 0.5
pH: 5.5
Hardness: i think it was at 150... which is im assuming bad.
Alkalinity: 0


Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? paler, dark on fins, white inder mouth/head
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? he does nothing. only comes up for air. no food
When did you start noticing the symptoms? a week ago
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? Seachem prime and Betta revive and salt.
Does your fish have any history of being ill? nope
How old is your fish (approximately)? ive only had him for a month
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