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Old 07-29-2012, 11:56 PM   #1 
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NEED HELP! What's going on?!

Hi, so uhm just to give you a history of my tank;

- it's a 5.5 gal tank with marineland filter with a heater on 78F, also heavily
planted with gravel. They eat blood worms once a week, and tropical flakes twice a day. I changed my water 100% once a month. I add 1 tsp of aquarium salt per water change. I haven't tested my water yet. My fishes are approx
a year old and still look the same since I got them.

- I had a male betta with 4 females and it was successful. I decided
to add one more female betta fish and a week later my male betta fish died.
But I'm guessing he died because of swim bladder because he was bloated and constipated. When my male died, I added 2 new females and it was still a successful sorority. A week later, bluepee died (female). After bluepee's death I added my other male Jufran. I noticed him being sick after a month (june). In mid june, I noticed 3 females acting sick so I did daily dosage of melafix and did 30% water change after 7 days. Another week passed and 3 females died (plakamon, crystalmoon, jerrylinda). They died unexpectedly. Plakamon was bent upwards when i found her body. Jerrylinda wasn't bent at all but a part of her body (scales) looked smooth and white. And crystalmoon wasn't bent.

Also, I'm worried about my other 5.5 gal tank because I put jufran (malevt) in there (for 1 week) because I wanted to seperate him from the death tank. In my other 5.5 gal tank jufran started getting more and more sick, so i put him in my hospital bowl with a dash of aquarium salt. and he died 3 days later.

So far I have 3 females but 1 just died right now... and this is how Saturnmoon looks like :(
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Old 07-30-2012, 12:29 AM   #2 
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you can't keep males and females together and 5.5 is too small for that many females with out plants or hiding places, reed up on the sticky's on the forums on betta fish care coz this is not the proper way to keep them at all
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Old 07-30-2012, 12:38 AM   #3 
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its well planted, with plenty of hiding places. i just want to know why some of them died with bent bodies, and what disease they suffered from
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Old 07-30-2012, 12:41 AM   #4 
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Even if it is heavily planted, they can't be together. Pheromones are in the water and you should do a 100% change right now. You should also stop the Melafix, it can harm their labyrinth.
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Old 07-30-2012, 12:46 AM   #5 
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You only changed the water once a month? That's probably why they died.

Sounds like one of the bettas introduced a disease into your tank.

Also I have no idea how your bettas survived that long in such a small tank without killing each other.

Would you mind posting a picture of your ENTIRE tank?
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Old 07-30-2012, 12:58 AM   #6 
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Ummm.... I wouldn't add new fishies to a tank with fishies dying... also the male/female thing..maybe clear that tank out,, QT the rest and set up a new clean tank?
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Old 07-30-2012, 01:16 AM   #7 
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I had them like that for months because they established a pecking order.
Unfortunately I don't have a picture of the entire tank and I already cleaned the whole thing but it's empty. Everyone was submissive to my male. Thus I called it the "lion pack". They never fought, I just want to know what disease it is :( Oh and they lived in a jungle.. like I planted the surface as well (hanging leaves), and yeah.. twas a jungle
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Old 07-30-2012, 01:18 AM   #8 
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Pecking order? That only happens with females. Maybe TB?
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Old 07-30-2012, 01:21 AM   #9 
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FkeGAQwSaag
This is my first betta fish, Moondoggie.. He was the alpha male :(
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Old 07-30-2012, 01:22 AM   #10 
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Crap, my iPad won't let me see the video. I'll try with my laptop.
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