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Old 07-01-2011, 03:44 PM   #11 
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Should I change the water right away and put in epsom salts. I think I have some around somewhere. Or would it be too stressful to have his water changed twice in the same day?

I put a towel over his tank earlier, so his tank is darkened. He's barely moved all day. :(

Could the dinosaur have poisoned him?

I've never had any other of my fish (I have 5 others) act this way when I first put them in, and I've acclimated them all the same way.

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Old 07-01-2011, 04:02 PM   #12 
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I have green tea, but it doesn't say decaf. Neither does my white tea say decaf. Guess I'll have to wait till tomorrow to do that. Hopefully it won't be too late.
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Old 07-01-2011, 04:35 PM   #13 
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Every Betta is different in regard to tolerance...its hard to say if something in the tank was a cause or not...but since he was symptomatic within 24h of being placed in the new tank and being acclimated to just the temp and not the chemistry....this make me think pH shock......

I would make a 50% water change and add the Epsom salt...pre- mix the Epsom salt in a 1gal jug of dechlorinated water, remove half the water from the tank and slowly add the pre-mixed like temp water-repeat this 2 times today and then 50% daily...don't do any 100% at this point...I would also look at lowering the water level by half....good luck
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Old 07-01-2011, 04:52 PM   #14 
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I just found my epsom salt and it was under the sink where I keep my cleaning chemicals, so it's probably no good for putting in with a fish. I think it's been down there for a few years.

If I can manage to find some decaf green tea tonight, how would I use it?

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Old 07-01-2011, 04:53 PM   #15 
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To lower the tank water, I would need a heater with less wattage. I have the Marina 10w submersible, but I'm not sure if I'm able to put it sideways or if it has to stay upright.
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Old 07-01-2011, 04:54 PM   #16 
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Thanks so much for giving me advice, OFL! I really do appreciate it!
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Old 07-01-2011, 10:59 PM   #17 
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I've got the same one, it'll be fine on it's side, I have it slanted in his small between water changes temp home
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Old 07-02-2011, 07:14 AM   #18 
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I'm heading off into the city now to get the things I need.

How do I use the green tea bags? Do I steep them first and then add them? or do I just put them in the tank?
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Old 07-02-2011, 11:42 AM   #19 
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I just add my teabags to the water. Altho I dont use greentea but Rooibos tea since its our local organic, caffeine free tea. Its actually one of the few teas available worldwide that has no caffeine in it. Ijust chuck a bag into the boys tank and leave it over night, then I fish it out and when I do water changes I leave a teabag in the bottle I use for my water changes so that the tea seeps into it. My boys love their tea water tbh, I keep it lightly tinted now for them at all times since when its to bright I have 2 tailbiters!
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Old 07-15-2011, 02:46 PM   #20 
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He was doing fine for a week or two, and now he's got his fins clamped again!!!!! Gonna use Aq salt for him and see how he does...
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