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Old 01-01-2012, 08:40 PM   #1 
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What's Wrong With Bubbles??

Hello, I have an urgent question I need an answer to! Please, can you help me??

Housing
What size is your tank? 20gal
What temperature is your tank? 85
Does your tank have a filter? Yes
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? No
Is your tank heated? Yes
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? One small crab

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Pellets and bloodworms
How often do you feed your betta fish? Once in the AM and once in the PM. Occasionally I'll feed him a bloodworm or two in the middle of the day

Maintenance

How often do you perform a water change? Every week
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 25%
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? N/a

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Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? His eyes have become cloudy and his fins look torn up
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? Starting becoming lethargic today
When did you start noticing the symptoms? This morning
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? No, haven't been able to figure out whats wrong with him yet :(
Does your fish have any history of being ill? None so far
How old is your fish (approximately)? Not sure, I got him maybe 3 months ago?

Like I said, both of his eyes has a small whitish cloudiness over his pupil and his fins look torn.. He also has been resting in the corner of his tank off and on all day.. What could be causing this?? Any replies is greatly appreciated!! Thank you!!

PS. The first picture is him before and the second one is one I just took of him (sorry it's not the best of quality) You can see the small white dot in his eye and his top fins look torn and there is a split in his bottom fin that wasn't there before
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Old 01-01-2012, 09:00 PM   #2 
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It's possible that the crab is grabbing at him if he's getting to close. I suggest separating them.

As far as his eyes looking cloudy, maybe try either changing the water more frequently, changing a larger percentage, or try 1 tsp/gal of aquarium salt (I don't know if this is safe for your crab however).

I strongly suggest water changes before trying any salts, and if you do resort to salts, separate your betta so it's easier to dose.
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Old 01-01-2012, 11:23 PM   #3 
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Thank you for replying (:

I had never thought about the crab grabbing at Bubbles because they've been together for quite some time but I suppose its possible. I also read that if his fins get sucked in by the filter it could cause tears in his fins.

Also, I did kind of a rigorous cleaning yesterday because I noticed that some type of orange/ brass color bacteria or fungus growing on my white gravel and on the sides of the tank. I went a little crazy with the gravel vacuum trying to clean it as best I could. But, I read somewhere online that you shouldn't clean the gravel that well.. but I don't know if that has anything to do with it. Any thoughts on that??

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Old 01-02-2012, 12:09 AM   #4 
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I'm sure your tank will be fine with the cleaning you did. You want to stay away from complete water changes if you're doing a cycled tank.

I think you'll be ok with slightly more water changed per week and a gravel vac at the end of the week to pick up any scraps.

I believe crabs start going after fish once they get to about an equal size as the fish. Keep an eye on both the crab and filter to find which is causing your issue. I do still recommend separating them just for safety's sake.

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