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Old 06-25-2012, 06:51 PM   #1 
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Help! Sick Betta. Maybe?

Hey guys,

So I have a crowntail male betta named Mushu that might be sick. I got him about 2 months ago. He is housed in a filtered 2 gallon hexagon tank and has a heater. I feed him as instructed by the guy from petsmart with 3-4 pellets of "Spectrum" every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The guy also told me that I only have to clean his tank once every 2 weeks since it was filtered (which I do). The water is tap water and is treated a week in advance with "API tap water conditioner" with 2 drops per gallon. Anyways, about a week ago Mushu was getting a little white on his fin. He was acting fine (very energetic) and I looked it up and thought it was fin growth. Well about a week has gone by and he's about 50% white. It's summer here in Minnesota and its warm, I read somewhere that it could be from it being too hot so I unplugged his heater. I also cleaned his tank last night just in case. I never use soap when I clean it, I just thuroughly run everything under tap water. I'm not sure what to do. He's acting fine, but it doesn't look healthy. Anything helps guys and I really appreciate it. Thanks.
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Old 06-25-2012, 07:09 PM   #2 
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The with a tank that size, you should be doing a water change at least once a week, one 50% I would think is fine. And I have the API water conditioner, I think it has to be at least 3 drops per gallon to detoxify heavy metals, and 6 drops per gallon to detoxify chloromines.
You also should be feeding him 4-6 pellets a day, split into 2 feedings. So 2-3 twice a day. With one day of fasting a week.
You should invest in a thermometer if you don't already have one. The proper temp should be around 76-80 F.
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Old 06-26-2012, 10:11 AM   #3 
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+1 to goblin~

Any tank below 5 gallons (or any that is too small to be cycled) Needs to have constant water changes in order to prevent ammonia from building up, which can seriously harm your betta :3
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