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Old 07-13-2012, 10:01 PM   #1 
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Lightbulb Enter: Henry

I don't know why I am starting this thread, I feel that I should share my experiences with Henry and maybe learn more about how to care for these little treasures.
We lost our first betta Rupert (R.I.P) . We did everything we could to save him the moment he looked down and out. We talked to numerous people in our community and many online communities researching and running around trying to find answers and cures.
I will try and post updates with pictures and information here on a regular basis to monitor whatever it is we do to help Henry live a long, happy and healthy life.
I am also confident that I will earn a lot from some of the kind and knowledgeable folks in this forum.
I wish I knew what I might have done wrong with my first betta, rest his soul. (I could answer some questions too.)

P.S. I will be posting all the specifications of my set up in my next post. Thanks.



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Old 07-13-2012, 10:39 PM   #2 
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Housing For Rupert

What size is your tank?:2.5 gallons
What temperature is your tank?: 75-80 degrees
Does your tank have a filter? : YES
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? NO
Is your tank heated?: We have a heater, but only use it in the winter.
What tank mates does your betta fish live with?: None

Food

What type of food do you feed your betta fish?
- Betta Buffet pellets

How often do you feed your betta fish?
- 2 pellets once a day.

Maintenance

How often do you perform a water change?
- Once a week
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change?
- 50 percent.
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?

Ammonia: N/A
Nitrite: N/A
Nitrate: N/A
pH: N/A
Hardness: N/A
Alkalinity: N/A

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed?
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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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P.S. These Statistics
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Old 07-13-2012, 10:42 PM   #3 
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Housing For Rupert

What size is your tank?:2.5 gallons
What temperature is your tank?: 75-80 degrees
Does your tank have a filter? : YES
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? NO
Is your tank heated?: We have a heater, but only use it in the winter.
What tank mates does your betta fish live with?: None

Food

What type of food do you feed your betta fish?
- Betta Buffet pellets

How often do you feed your betta fish?
- 2 pellets once a day.

Maintenance

How often do you perform a water change?
- Once a week
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change?
- 50 percent.
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?

Ammonia: N/A
Nitrite: N/A
Nitrate: N/A
pH: N/A
Hardness: N/A
Alkalinity: N/A

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)?
-


P.S. These specifications are for our newest family member Henry and the list is incomplete and eventually updated as I monitor this thread. Also, the specs for Rupert (R.I.P) will be added so I can compare notes.
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Old 07-14-2012, 08:51 AM   #4 
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Sorry...the above specs are for Henrys' living conditions...where did the edit button go?
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Old 07-14-2012, 08:54 AM   #5 
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The edit button disappears after a certain amount of time ....it's annoying!

Henry is gorgeous, that's my poodle's name
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Old 07-14-2012, 09:34 AM   #6 
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So what was wrong with Rupert?!!
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Old 07-14-2012, 09:49 AM   #7 
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So what was wrong with Rupert?!!
Rupert started to just lay down at the bottom of his tank for most of the day. We noticed it right away and brought samples of his water to a professional who helped us make it right. It looked like he was getting better but then he just started hanging around at the top corner of his tank. He seemed to be breathing heavy and hiccuping. We quarantined him and noticed that he was not pooping (He always used to have great big poops!)
We tried the pea thing, even though I read that its just a rumor that it helps. We were desperate and wanted to try everything.
He was on the counter swimming up a storm as I was preparing breakfast. He looked like he was in a panic and I just knew something was not right. Rest his soul. He meant a lot to me.
We had him since Aug 1st 2011 and he passed away on July 9th 2012.
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Old 07-14-2012, 03:44 PM   #8 
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OMG Henry is beautiful! Where on earth did you find a solid color betta? (They're actually hard to find here)

Sorry to hear about Rupert, I lost my betta not too long ago!:(
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Old 07-17-2012, 09:47 PM   #9 
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So far so good...Henry is flaring and his water is clear.
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