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Old 08-03-2012, 08:40 PM   #1 
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Immediate help!!! Super suddenly decline! Please!

I thought that my baby was just depressed! I've been watching him and he's been fine...then suddenly, after a water change...everything is wrong. I'm almost in tears.

It almost looks like pop-eye. Half of his face is cloudy and the eye on that side is swollen. He's barely swimming. Just listless. Barely fought the net. This JUST HAPPENED TODAY! I should have seen it earlier, but I had so much to do today that I didn't get to look at him until just now.

I've IMMEDIATELY put him in a hospital tank (as he's in a divided and I don't want anyone else getting sick) with a big, leafy silk plant so that he can be near the surface.

He's stopped moving. I don't know what I can do.
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Old 08-03-2012, 08:45 PM   #2 
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This can likely be disregarded. I think he's dying.
I swear he was fine yesterday. He was swimming around with a little more life than he's had for the past few days literally MINUTES before he stopped moving and I noticed his face.

I helped guide him up to his favorite plant, and he's barely, BARELY move.
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Old 08-03-2012, 08:46 PM   #3 
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1. If the change in appearance and behavior happened after a water change, is it possible that you forgot to add dechlorinator?
2. Did you properly acclimate him after the water change?

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How often do you perform a water change?
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change?
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Old 08-03-2012, 08:47 PM   #4 
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keep the water as clean as possible and i would try AQ or Epmson salt
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Old 08-03-2012, 08:48 PM   #5 
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1. Fish don't get depressed.
2. If the change in appearance and behavior happened after a water change, is it possible that you forgot to add dechlorinator?
3. Did you properly acclimate him after the water change?

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Sorry to burst your bubble, but fish actually can get depressed.
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Old 08-03-2012, 08:50 PM   #6 
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Sorry to burst your bubble, but fish actually can get depressed.
Sheesh, alrighty then. I stand corrected. Didn't mean to offend you!
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Old 08-03-2012, 08:54 PM   #7 
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Sheesh, alrighty then. I stand corrected. Didn't mean to offend you!
Haha i am sorry! Didn't mean to sound rude, i just wanted to state facts from experience. I apologize, didn't think you were going to react like that :( sorry...... you didn't offend me at all! XD
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Old 08-03-2012, 08:54 PM   #8 
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I did add the dechlorinator. He's been lethargic for a few days, but physically been fine.

Housing: 10 gallon
Temp: 81
Filter: Yes
Aeration: No
Heater: Yes.
Tankmates: One other betta, and a few small snails (it's a divided tank)

Food: Pellets, 3 twice a day. Occasional bloodworms or mosquito larvae.
Water change: 20% weekly
Additives: Only dechlorinator

Parameters: ammonia 0
PH- 7.2
Others, I haven't checked today, but they have been consistent and good.

What's wrong:

His eye is swelled, and that side of his face is cloudy. He's lethargic. The rest of his body looks healthy and vibrant. The eye/cloudiness has to have happened within the last 24 hours.

When I bought him, 2 months ago (it seems like so much longer!) he had minor finrot, but it cleared up quickly. I'd guess he's around 1 year old.

I don't think it matters, however. I'm fairly sure that he just passed. His tankmate seems fine, but I think that I'm going to take him out and quarantine him to be safe. Clean out the tank. There goes my cycled tank--but I'd give up ten cycles if he'd start swimming again.
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Old 08-03-2012, 08:56 PM   #9 
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Sorry to burst your bubble, but fish actually can get depressed.
^ +1 fish CAN get depressed. I suggest aquarium salt. And add in some IAL or Oak Leaves for some natural properties. Sorry he's like this.
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Old 08-03-2012, 08:56 PM   #10 
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Oh! And yes, he was properly acclimated after the change!
I have honestly been expecting him to go quickly, as he was a walmart buy (I know I shouldn't support that...but he was fighting SO hard to survive, I couldn't resist him!)
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