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Old 02-05-2012, 07:27 PM   #1 
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Thumbs down I think he is dieing! Help!!!!!!!!!!!!

I am VERY nervous. My betta fish recently moved in to his ten gallon divided, heated, and filtered tank. Today I found him laying on his side ageist a plant and breathing heaviely.He is pretty lethargic compared to when I first put him in. Aqua also gasps for air at the surface continuasly. I don't know what is wrong is wrong with him or how to treat him so can someone PLEASE tell me?
any input will be the best thing in the world!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 02-05-2012, 07:39 PM   #2 
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Sounds like my Sumo who has also been very lethargic lately =(
He too spends all day just leaning against plants...

I don't know how to help him at this point either... the only thing I can suggest is making sure he has a good rest spot that is close to the surface where he can relax. Using a bamboo stalk to hold up the loose baby java ferns and the leaf from a tall anubia that is down at the bottom I made him this sort of betta hammock/cabana thing which seems to be helping him a little when it comes to dealing with his utter exhaustion..

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Old 02-05-2012, 07:42 PM   #3 
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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)?



Answer these questions to help us out a little bit.

This happened to me, and from my later studies I think he ended up with a terrible bacterial infection that both ate up his fins and weakened his immune system to other issues. If I were to go through it again I would have maybe done things a bit differently.

It is possible there is something bad in his water--new tank decor? Something 'bad' causing him to feel ill. I might do a 100% water change and move him to a hospital tank and see if he perks up. Test the water in his 10 gallon and see if the ammonia for some reason spiked.
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Old 02-05-2012, 08:22 PM   #4 
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Without further information, I am going to say something in his new home may be upsetting him.

Did you add conditioner?
Is the tank cycled? if not, there may of been an ammonia spike and that is causing his issues. Do you have an ammonia test kit? if not, try changing out some of his water and see if that makes a difference.

Any physical symptoms- like fuzzies or rotting fins?
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Old 02-12-2012, 07:38 PM   #5 
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I'm good! Aqua got much better! I gave him a half water change but then my 2 betta fish got into a fight! They are both recovering! :)
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Old 02-12-2012, 07:47 PM   #6 
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I have had a fish like that who was on her side and was almost dead! I was soo upset and put her out in the living room because I didn't want to watch her suffer in my bedroom! I don't remember why or how but I accidently knocked pine needles in her tank (don't remember why I had a pine tree in the house!) But anyways that cured her! The next day she was fine! I don't reccomend that you put pine needles in your tank though!
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Old 02-12-2012, 08:02 PM   #7 
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I know right! Aqua looked nearly dead until he foght and got much better!
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Old 02-12-2012, 08:25 PM   #8 
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Glad he is doing better.. you said your two betta fish got into a fight.. now, are you talking about boys? And if so, why are they in the same tank?
Or are you talking about girls? And if so, how big is the tank, how many do you have, how planted is it?
And if you are talking about a boy and a girl, again, why are in the same tank?
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Old 02-17-2012, 03:54 PM   #9 
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Myates, my two betta fish live in a separated ten gallon. One managed to slip under the divider so they fought.
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Old 02-18-2012, 12:37 AM   #10 
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It happens.

I take the fish out and then remove the dividers when I had a divided 10 gallon - easier to syphon that way. Ocasionally I wouldnt put the divider back in correctly and one would swim under it to the other side...I was always mending fins
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