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Old 07-14-2011, 12:18 PM   #1 
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help...? something wrong with my sons first betta.

okay, i just got this betta for my three years old son like two months ago, she was pretty active til few days ago she just stopped eating or swimming around like she usually do. ive been looking up for any disease symptoms & none of them fits to what shes doing right now but im guessing shes got like inflamed gills since she seems is having difficultly times to breath and stay up to the water surface.. but im not able to see any red in gills cause shes dark colored. so any tip? should i get the aqua salt or ampillin whatever how does it spells. [sorry i suck at spellings] its my sons first fish [and mine too lol when i was growing up ive never owned a betta, just another fish like goldfish and neon tetras.] anyway she lives in half gal drums bowl, i gotta do something about his betta because id hate to see him getting upset over his first fish he ever owned. he named him dorothy after elmo's goldfish lol.
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Old 07-14-2011, 12:21 PM   #2 
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Hi cherry, I'm sorry your son's betta is sick. If you fill this in, we'll be able to help you better :)

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 07-14-2011, 12:43 PM   #3 
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Housing
What size is your tank? half gal [i know its small but am going to get bigger one soon tho]
What temperature is your tank? unknown?
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? betta flakes & pellets
How often do you feed your betta fish? once or twice a day

Maintenance
How often do you perform a water change? every another day
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? bettasafe water conditioner.

Water Parameters:
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters? yes, yesterday i went to store to get ammonia and ph test.

Ammonia: 0
Nitrite: na
Nitrate: na
pH: was 7.6, now 7.0
Hardness: na
Alkalinity: na

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? she looks same
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? gasping for breaths, stays up on the water surface.
When did you start noticing the symptoms? few days ago
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? got ammonia and ph test and used ph down. ammonia test was passed, so ph test for acidic were high.
Does your fish have any history of being ill? no
How old is your fish (approximately)? unknown, got her like two months ago.
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Old 07-14-2011, 12:52 PM   #4 
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Alrighty, well in a half gallon I'm afraid you need to do 100% water changes every day to keep him healthy. :) The tank water is likely cold, which lowers a bettas immune system and isnt good for them as they are tropical fish. The sooner you upgrade to a 2.5g or larger, the sooner you can get him a heater and he can be warm.
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Old 07-14-2011, 01:11 PM   #5 
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Agreed. If you can upgrade within the next few days, that would be ideal. For now, change the water every day, 100% or very close to that. Keep the water level a little lower than usual too so she can reach the surface easier. I also strongly recommend you use a water conditioner such as API Stress Coat OR Seachem Prime. Both will detoxify the usual chlorines etc. but they also neutralize ammonia into the less toxic ammonium.

Your girl is not as active or hungry right now because she has ammonia poisoning. Changing the water every day will solve this problem; without the water changes, the ammonia poisoning will build up until she gets ammonia burns and gill damage.

Hope this helps!
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Old 07-14-2011, 01:11 PM   #6 
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Yeah, warmth is the most important thing at the moment. Especially if he's feeling sick, if you can raise the heat in your home or keep him in a warmer room, it should help a bit till you can get a larger tank. I can't really say what's wrong with him though.. Sorry.
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Old 07-14-2011, 01:16 PM   #7 
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alright thanks everyone! :)- so bettasafe water conditioners doesnt do any good then?
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Old 07-14-2011, 01:26 PM   #8 
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Bettasafe water conditioner will detoxify chlorine and chloramines but I'm not sure if it detoxifies heavy metals and I know it doesn't neutralize ammonia.
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Old 07-16-2011, 08:34 AM   #9 
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thanks everyone for help!! shes feeling better now, back swimming around but still working on feeding, she spitted it out after she grabbed pellet. so now i only have question to ask, im planning on to get bigger tank into 2.5 gal so im wondering how often do i need to change water? something like twice a week, 50% and 100%?
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Old 07-16-2011, 09:26 AM   #10 
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Yup, 50% and 100% a week for a 2.5g. I'm so glad she's feeling better. The food may take a while; you can try crushing her pellet into smaller pieces and see if that makes it easier for her to eat.
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