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Old 07-20-2012, 11:39 AM   #1 
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Mr. Chang not well

How is everyone,

I came on some time ago for some info and knew this would be the place if a problem came up. About a week ago my beloved Mr. Chang stopped eating (at least regularly) I have always fed him at most once a day. I went to pet land and showed them a picture of Chang. The rep who seemed very knowledgable said he was looking rather plump. I had been feeding him these pellets that apparently are made for bigger predatory fish. He would attack the pellet and I thought it was so cool. I had tried Betta pellets and he would spit them out. Also tried flakes (3 different kinds) and he would spit those out too

I checked the ammonia and PH with tesSt kits (liquid not strip) and PH turned blue, amonia was 0 (yellow collor)

I turned the heat up to 81 and was told to
Put in some Betta fix. Also picked up dried blood worms.

He spends a lot of time on the bottom of the tank now, not moving very much. Yesterday he moved a lot more, but this morning he has been on the bottom a lot.

Is anyone can give me any most info it would be much appreciated. Thank you all.

Bramos
(sorry if spelling or gramor is bad, did this on my iPhone really fast)

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Old 07-20-2012, 11:49 AM   #2 
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Sorry to hear of your problems with Mr. Chang.
What exactly was the food you were feeding? Betta pellets are meant for bettas so only feed that. They're carnivores and need fish proteins to be the first ingredients, proteins quantity should be high. Some good betta brands are omega one, attisons plus, aqueon betta. There are others.
The dried bloodworms might make him feel worse because they're dried out. Before feeding them, soak them in water. The process to freeze dry them also takes out the nutrients. I reccommend picking up frozen bloodworms. And feed this as a treat once a week.
To get him to eat his pellets try soaking them in some garlic infused water. It could be the pellets are too big for his mouth too. You can crush them and feed the smaller pieces.
Bettafix isn't a reliable product. In fact, there is tea tree oil in it which over time can really damage the labrynth organ on your betta. It's also used for external problems above anything else, in case he rubbed off scales or had fin rot. I wouldn't use it otherwise.
How often do you clean the tank? And how big is it?
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Old 07-20-2012, 12:01 PM   #3 
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can you upload a recent picture? is he bloated at all? can you fill these out to the best of your abilities?
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 07-20-2012, 01:03 PM   #4 
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What size is your tank? 10g

What temperature is your tank? 81deg F

Does your tank have a filter? Yes

Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? Yes

Is your tank heated? Yes

What tank mates does your betta fish live with? None

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Was feeding him Cichlid Gold (was only this he would eat)

How often do you feed your betta fish? Once a day, one pellet

Maintenance
How often do you perform a water change? Every two weeks

What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 50%

What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water
change? Conditioner

Water Parameters:
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
Ammonia: 0 ppm

Nitrite:

Nitrate:

pH: 7.6

Hardness:

Alkalinity:

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? A little fatter

How has your betta fish's behavior changed? On bottom of tank more

When did you start noticing the symptoms? Week ago

Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? Was told to try Betta fix or sea salt. Have not tried the sea salt

Does your fish have any history of being ill? Not that I know of

How old is your fish ? Not sure
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Old 07-20-2012, 01:09 PM   #5 
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alright sounds like you might have a slight case of bloat from the wrong foods. You can either fast him (don't give him any foods) until he gets skinny or you can dose with 1tsp per gallon unscented epsom salt. I highly recommend getting a new food

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Old 07-20-2012, 03:06 PM   #6 
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How long do you think I should go. I was also told sea salt would work. Is that true?
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Old 07-20-2012, 03:10 PM   #7 
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I've never heard of the sea salt method so I can't help you there. You can do the epsom salt treatment for up to 10 days and no more. If he doesn't start looking better by day 7 or 8 then something else is off
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